Susannah Chapman


Journal Articles


Chapman, S. and X. Chacko. 2022. “Seed: Gendered Vernaculars and Relational Possibilities.” Feminist Anthropology 3 (1). DOI


Ahikari, K., E. Bikundo, X. Chacko, S. Chapman, F. Humphries, H. Johnson, E. Keast, C. Lawson, J. Malbon, D. Robinson, M. Rourke, J. Sanderson, and K. Tranter. 2021. “What Should Farmers’ Rights Look Like? The Possible Substance of a Right.” Agronomy 11 (2): 367-386. DOI


Bosse, J., X. Chacko and S. Chapman. 2020. “Cosmopolitics of Food Futures: Imagining Nature, Law, and Apocalypse.” Continuum (December): 840-857. DOI


Coombe, R. and S. Chapman. 2020. “Ethnographic Explorations of Intellectual Property.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology (August): 1-45. DOIPDF

Chapman, S. 2018. “To Make One’s Name Famous: Varietal innovation and intellectual property in The Gambia.” American Ethnologist 45(4): 482-494. DOIPDF

*Winner of the Anthropology & Environment Society’s Bonnie J. McCay Junior Scholar Award


Heald, P.J. and S. Chapman. 2012. Veggie Tales: Pernicious Myths about Patents, Innovation and Crop Diversity in the Twentieth Century. University of Illinois Law Review: 1051-1102. PDF, Link


Book Chapters


Chapman, S. Forthcoming 2022. “The (In)Visible Labour of Varietal Innovation.” In Invisible Labour: Knowledge Production in Twentieth Century Science. J. Bangham, X. Chacko, and J. Kaplan, eds. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.


Chapman, S. Forthcoming 2022. “Property’s Antecedent: Seed Law and the Regulation of Living Materials in Britain’s African Empire.” In Designing Nature: Essays on Intellectual Property Law. J. Bellido and B. Sherman, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Sherman, B. and S. Chapman. 2020. “Rethinking Intellectual Property Law’s Relationship with Agriculture.” In Intellectual Property and Agriculture. B. Sherman and S. Chapman, eds. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. PDF, DOI


Chapman, S. and P.J. Heald. 2020. “Agrobiodiversity Loss and the Construction of Regulatory Frameworks for Crop Germplasm.” In Environmental Resilience and Food Law: Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology. Pp. 159-182. G. Steier and A. Cianci, eds. Boca Raton: CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. PDF, WEB


Chapman, S. and T. Brown. 2013. “Apples of Their Eyes: Apple Trees and Memory Keepers of the American South.” In Seeds of Resistance/Seeds of Hope: Place and Agency in the Conservation of Biodiversity. Pp. 42-64. V. Nazarea, R. Rhoades, and J. Andrews-Swann, eds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. WEB 


Edited Volumes


Sherman, B. and S. Chapman, eds. 2020. Intellectual Property and Agriculture, Volumes 1 & 2. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. DOI


Editorials and Book Reviews


Chapman, S. and B. Sherman. 2018. “Finding a Place for Agriculture in Intellectual Property Law.” International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 49(7): 759-762. DOIPDF


Chapman, S. 2017. Review of The Politics of Distinction: African Elites from Colonialism to Liberation in a Namibian Frontier Town. American Ethnologist 44(2): 363-364. DOI


Manuscripts in Preparation

Chapman, S. Disciplining the Seed: Colonialism, Agricultural Development, and Plant Reproductive Governance in The Gambia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Under contract).