Dr. Andrew Flachs researches sustainable development and alternative agriculture, from genetically modified crops to heirloom seeds. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, he graduated from Oberlin College with dual Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 2010. He earned his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in April 2016 and is currently a Volkswagen Exchange Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Heidelberg University Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies. His work among farmers in North America and South India investigates ecological knowledge and technological change in agricultural systems spanning Cleveland urban gardens and Indian GM cotton fields. Outside of academia, he is an avid cook, cyclist and musician who has performed in New York City, St. Louis, Asheville and the San Francisco Bay Area.