Bobby Smith II

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Contact Information

1201 West Nevada Street
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Interests

 Food Justice; Food Security; Food Inequality; African American Food Systems;  African American Studies; Agri-Food Studies; Sociology of Food; Race, Class, and Gender


Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University (2018)

M.S., Agricultural Economics, Cornell University (2013)

B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), Agriculture (Concentration: Agricultural Economics), Prairie View A&M University (2011)


2017-2019 Engaged Cornell Graduate Student Research Grant, Cornell University. Project: From Civil Rights to Local Food: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Food Justice.

2017 Graduate Research Grant, American Studies Program, Cornell University.

2017 Engaged Cornell Engaged Opportunity Grant, Cornell University. Project: Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food.

2016 Cornell Engaged Curriculum Grant, Cornell University. Project: Seed to Supper: The Role of the Garden in Community Food Security and Food Justice.

Awards and Honors

2019-2020 Short-Term Fellowship, Special Collections and University Archives, Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago

2018 Study the South Research Fellowship, Department of Archives and Special Collections, J. D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi

2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar-in-Residence, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2016-2017 Mellon Diversity Seminar Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Cornell University

Courses Taught

AFRO 298: Civil Rights Pilgrimage (Instructor), Spring 2019

AFRO 224: Race and Food Security (Instructor), Spring 2019 


Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles: 

Smith II, B. J. (2019). “Mississippi’s War Against the War on Poverty: Food Power, Hunger, and White Supremacy,” Study the South

Smith II, B. J. (2019).“Food Justice, Intersectional Agriculture, and the Triple Food Movement,” Agriculture and Human Values.

Pendergrastt, T. L., Smith II, B. J., Bezner Kerr, R., and Liebert, J. (2019).“Introduction to the Symposium: Rethinking Food System Transformation: Food Sovereignty, Agroecology, Food Justice, Community Action, and Scholarship,” Agriculture and Human Values.

Smith II, B. J. (2019).“Building Emancipatory Food Power: Freedom Farms, Rocky Acres, and the Struggle for Food Justice.”Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development8(4), 1-11.

Waller, T., Smith II, B. J.,& Lumumba-Kasongo, E. (2014). The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at Cornell University: Survey Results and the Push for Qualitative Research. Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 22,1.

Smith II, B. J.,Kaiser, H. M., & Gómez, M. I. (2013). Identifying Factors Influencing a Hospital's Decision to Adopt a Farm-to-Hospital Program. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review42(3), 508-517.

Other Publications:

Smith II, B. J. (2017). The Greenwood Food Blockade: The White Citizens Council, SNCC and the Politics of Food Access. Winter 2017 Edition of Gravy, No. 66 (Publication of the Southern Foodways Alliance).