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Alder Keleman

Graduate Students


Forestry and environmental studies


As a member of the joint Anthropology-FES-NYBG PhD program, my research explores the contributions made by agrobiodiversity (or native and traditional crops) to household food security and food culture in Cochabamba, Bolivia. My previous research explored the social, economic, and policy determinants of the conservation of maize diversity in Mexico.

Selected Publications

Baker, L., MR Dove, D Graef, A Keleman, D Kneas, S Oosterhaudt, and J Stoike. 2013. “Whose Diversity Counts? The politics and paradoxes of modern diversity.” Sustainability 5(6): 2495-2518.

Keleman, A., J. Hellin, and D. Flores. 2013. “Diverse Varieties, Diverse Markets: Scale-Related Maize ‘Profitability Crossover’ in the Central Mexican Highlands.” Human Ecology 41(5): 683-705. DOI:10.1007/s10745-013-9566-z

Keleman, A. 2010. “Institutional Support and in situ Conservation in Mexico: Biases Against Small-Scale Maize Farmers in Post-NAFTA Agricultural Policy.” Agriculture and Human Values 27(1): 13-28.

Keleman, A, and J. Hellin. 2009. “Specialty Maize Varieties in Mexico: A case study in market-driven agro-biodiversity conservation.” Journal of Latin American Geography 8 (2): 147-174.

Keleman, A, H. García Rañó, & J Hellin. 2009. “Maize Diversity, Poverty, and Market Access: Lessons from Mexico.” Development in Practice 19 (2): 187-199.