Abigail Conrad completed a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Rochester in 2008. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on food security, agriculture, and livelihoods in Central Malawi, where she completed preliminary research in 2008 and 2010. She conducted her dissertation research in Central Malawi on the relationship between the alternative agricultural practice of permaculture, and food and nutrition security.