University of Wisconsin–Madison

Andy Davey

Graduate student (Ph.D.)


M.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011)
B.A. Philosophy, College of Wooster, magna cum laude, (2003)

Research Areas

Environmental, intellectual, and cultural history; environmental and place-based education; religion and nature; food systems; and political theory

Current Research

For my dissertation, I am studying how and why different models of environmental ethics and education, such as Catholic stewardship, evangelical creation care, and secular environmentalism have developed at American liberal arts colleges. For my master's thesis, I examined how the values and motivations around food and politics intersected for self-identified "liberals" and "conservatives" at Midwest farmers markets.

Courses Taught

Instructor, Madison Area Technical College
Agriculture, Food, and Society (Fall 2015)

Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison PEOPLE Program
You Are What You Eat: Food and the Environment (Summer 2012, 2013)

Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
World Regions in Global Context: Geography 340 (Spring 2014)
American Environmental History: Hist/Geog/EnviroStudies 460 (Fall 2013)
Community Gardens in Madison: EnviroStudies 600 (Fall, Spring 2013)
Environmental Conservation: Geog/EnviroStudies 339: (Spring 2011-Spring 2013)
Introduction to Human Geography: Geography 101: (Fall 2009-Fall 2010)


Center for Culture, History, and Environment, Nelson Institute for Environmental Students, UW-Madison
Association of American Geographers

Awards and Honors

Teaching Fellow Award, UW-Madison 2014 Center for Culture, History and Environment Travel Grant 2014 Center for Public Humanities Exchange Grant, UW-Madison 2014 Trewartha Graduate Research Award, UW-Madison 2010, 2014 Clarence W. Olmstead Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, UW-Madison, 2013 iLEAP Taking The Leap Scholar, 2009 Student Advisor of the Year, University of Washington-Seattle, 2009

Other Activities

Public Humanities
Through a Humanities Exchange (HEX) grant from the UW Center for Humanities I'm partnering with neighborhoods and community gardens to engage in storytelling around food and racial justice. Primarily African-American youth in the Brentwood and Meadowood neighborhoods are working to manage gardens, distribute fresh produce, and make public art. My project aims to further their work by facilitating place-based storytelling, building understanding of the neighborhood's past, present, and future, and establishing meaningful and respectful multi-generational relationships between long-time residents and neighborhood newcomers.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Science Hall, Room 201
550 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706