Chris Duvall

Professor and Chair, Geography and Environmental Studies

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Photo: Chris  Duvall

Dr. Chris Duvall received an appointment with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at The University of New Mexico in 2008. As a biogeographer, Duvall’s research relates to how humans represent and depict their environment, as well as human-plant interaction. His academic interests include cultural and historical ecology, African diaspora, food geography, and science studies. Duvall is interested in how the social constructions of human difference affect access to and use of environmental resources, human-environment interactions involved in illicit drug commerce, and the environmental meanings of food, among other topics. His research has focused on cannabis and other plants that enslaved people in western Central Africa used medicinally, including his books Cannabis (Reaktion Books, 2015) and The African Roots of Marijuana (Duke University Press, 2019).


  • PhD in Geography, University of Wisconsin (2006)
  • MS in Environmental Studies, San José State University (2000)
  • BA in History, University of California (1994)

Research Areas

  • African Diaspora
  • Biogeography
  • Cultural and Historical Ecology
  • Food Geography
  • Science Studies

Country Specialization(s)

  • Africa
  • Brazil

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • GEOG 464/564 Food and Natural Resources
  • GEOG 515 Cultural and Political Ecology