Christina McGee Schiavoni at Ph.D thesis defense

North End resident, Christina McGee Schiavoni has been awarded a doctoral degree magna cum laude in international development studies by the International Institute for Social Studies of Erasmus University at The Hague, Netherlands.

On April 29, 2019, Ms. Schiavoni successfully defended her PH.D. thesis entitled ‘Constructing and Contesting Food Sovereignty: Food Lines, Fault Lines and Seed of Transformation in Venezuela‘. Conducting field research and investigations in the capital city of Caracas and agricultural regions within the country over a three year period, she lived with Venezuelan families during a period of transformation and political upheaval within the Latin American nation. Venezuela has been home to one of the longest-running national-level experiments in self-determination and food sovereignty since the start of its political process known as the Bolivarian Revolution in 1999.

Dr. Schiavoni is the daughter of Mary McGee and Thomas Schiavoni. She attended St. John School in the North End and Boston Latin High School. She is a graduate of Cornell University where she received a bachelor of science degree cum laude in international agriculture. From Bangkok, Thailand she will serve as a consultant to an international panel of food experts drafting policy for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

View a video of the defence.

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  1. Congratulations, Christina on your excellent scholarly achievement and outstanding contributions to society! All best wishes in your future endeavors! Congrats to mom and dad as well!


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