Maria Elisa Christie

Director, Women and Gender in International Development
Maria Elisa Christie
526 Prices Fork (corner with Toms Creek)

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.


Sumner, D., M.E. Christie, and S. Boulakia. 2016. Conservation agriculture and gendered livelihoods in Northwestern Cambodia: decision-making, space, and access.  Agriculture and Human Values. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-016-9718-z.

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.