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Revitalizing Land-Grant Universities – Rural Transformations in the United States

Tune in to innovative ideas on how revitalizing land-grant universities can impact rural communities with Union of Concerned Scientists Director of Food & Environment Ricardo Salvador and Margiana Petersen-Rockney from the University of Montana on June 18, 2024 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST.

Some of the most promising advances in sustainable and equitable development are unfolding in rural settings. Here, a diverse group of stakeholders are reshaping food systems, leveraging local knowledge, bolstering climate resilience, and enhancing community participation in the developmental journey. The Duke World Food Policy Center is proud to co-sponsor the Rural Transformations in the United States visual seminar series, hosted by the Center on Modernity in Transition (COMIT).

Revitalizing Land-Grant Universities



  • Ricardo Salvador is Senior Scientist and Director at the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. As Associate Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, he taught the first course in sustainable agriculture at a land-grant university.
  • Margiana Petersen-Rockney is Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. She is a political ecologist who studies climate equity and agrarian change.


  • Kerilyn Schewel is a Board Member of COMIT. She is co-director of the Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration and Lecturing Fellow in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research examines the relationship between migration and development, with a current focus on immobility, rural livelihoods, and climate change. Her book, Moved by Modernity: How Development Shapes Migration in Rural Ethiopia, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
  • Lee Miller is a Senior Research Fellow at COMIT. He is a Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School, where he teaches on agricultural and environmental law. Miller also has amassed expertise in environmental advocacy, policy innovation, and coalition-building in U.S. food and farm movements. At the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, Miller coordinated a multi-law school farm bill research project promoting agricultural sustainability and justice.