Department Personnel

Courtney Gallaher

    Courtney Gallaher

       Davis Hall, Room 211 

       Assistant Professor
       Ph. D. Michigan State University

Research Emphasis: Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture, Soils, Human-Environment Interactions, Gender Issues, International
                              Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

Specific Research Endeavors

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Women’s Studies program. I have broad research interests that integrate aspects of both physical and human-environment geography.

Current research interests focus on understanding the relationship between urban food systems and the local environment, such as how urban agriculture in Southern Africa is used as an adaptive strategy to deal with climate change, and new methods for mapping urban agriculture in the Midwestern United States. Previous research has looked at how urban agriculture in the Kibera slums of Nairobi influences household food security and people’s exposure to environmental contaminants, community-based forest management in Kenya, soil phosphorous availability in conventional and organic cropping systems in Michigan, and farmer adoption of new irrigation technologies in southern Malawi.  

I am also broadly interested in the status of women in science and am currently involved in research looking at involvement of undergraduate students at NIU in different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors.