Nataliya Apanovich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
Dr. Apanovich received a Ph.D. in Sustainable Agriculture and Biorenewable Resources and Technology from Iowa State University (2018), a M.A. in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School (2012), and a B.A. in Political Science (2010) from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Apanovich’s path to sustainable agriculture started in Belarus where she was born and raised. She grew up on a diversified subsistence farm that had chickens, pigs, vegetables, berries, and fruit trees. During her last semester in college, she took a course on African governance after which she knew she wanted to go to Africa. As she completed her last term in her Master’s degree program she took a class on U.S. agriculture when it became clear to her that she wanted to study agriculture in Africa.
While at Iowa State University, Dr. Apanovich received a Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security to study food security in Uganda in relation to socioeconomic, agronomic, and soil quality determinants. She loved living in Uganda so much that she purchased a coffee shop to help the growth of the local economy, create healthy eating options, and to keep a connection to Uganda.
Dr. Apanovich is passionate about grassroots efforts to improve food security and making people more autonomous in their food choices. She loves traveling, biking, yoga, and reading.