BillMaria Elisa Christie, Director Women and Gender in International Development, Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)

Office: 526 Prices Fork (corner with Toms Creek)
Phone: 540-231-4297
At Virginia Tech since: 2006
Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2003


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Dr. Christie is affiliated faculty with the Department of Geography; the Government and International Affairs program in the School of Public and International Affairs; ASPECT- Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought; and Women's and Gender Studies

Research Interests:

  • Gender, Agriculture, and Development
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Geography of Food, Cuisine, and Kitchenspace
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Participatory Mapping

Current courses:
Gender, Environment, and International Development (GEO 4214)

Meets requirements for the Cultures, Regions, and International Development track of the Geography major as well as for the Human Systems area for the Meteorology degree.

Selected Publications:

Christie, M.E. (2010). Gendered Spaces, Gendered Knowledge: A Cultural Geography of Kitchenspace in Central Mexico. Book chapter in Laura Esquivel's Mexican Fictions. Ed. Elizabeth Moore Willingham. Sussex Academic Press.

---. (2008). Kitchenspace: Women, Fiestas and Everyday Life in Central Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press.

---. (2007). Kitchenspace, Fiestas, and Cultural Reproduction in Mexican House-lot Gardens. (Reprinted from The Geographical Review.) In The Introductory Reader in Human Geography, edited by William Moseley, David Lanegran, and Kavita Pandit. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Christie, M.E., Parks, M., & Mulvaney, M. (2016). Gender and local soil knowledge: linking farmers' perceptions with soil fertility in two villages in the Philippines. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 37: 6-24. DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12134.

Christie, M.E., Van Houweling, E., & Zseleczky, L. (2015). Mapping gendered pest management knowledge, practices, and pesticide exposure pathways in Ghana and Mali. Agriculture and Human Values 32(4): 761-775.

Christie, M. E., Kyamureku, P., Kaaya, A., & Devenport, A. (2015). Farmers, peanuts, and aflatoxins in Uganda: A gendered approach. Development in Practice 25(1): 4-48.

Harman Parks, M., Christie, M.E., & Bagares, I. (2015) Gender and conservation agriculture production systems: constraints and opportunities in the Philippines. GeoJournal 80(1): 61-77. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-014-9523-4

Zseleczky, L., Christie, M.E., & Haleegoah, J. (2014). Applying an embodied livelihoods approach to tomato farmers' gendered experience of pesticides in Tuobodom, Ghana. Gender, Technology and Development 18(2): 249-274.

Christie, M.E., & Giri, K. (2010). Challenges and experiences of women in the forestry sector in Nepal. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 2(9): 198-205. Available from http://www/

Christie, M.E. (2006). Kitchenspace: gendered territory in Central Mexico. Savouring the kitchen, special issue on kitchens (Part 2). Gender Place and Culture 13(6).
---. (2004). Kitchenspace, fiestas, and cultural reproduction in Mexican house-lot gardens. The Geographical Review 94(3): 368-390.
---. (2004).The cultural geography of gardens. Introduction to Special Issue. The Geographical Review 94(3): iii-iv.
---. (2002). Naturaleza y sociedad desde la perspectiva de la cocina tradicional mexicana: género, adaptación y resistencia. Journal of Latin American Geography 1(1): 17-42.