The Critical Agrarian Studies and Political Economy workshop housed in the UMass Economics Department is a venue for students who are interested in researching questions related (but not limited) to Political Economy of Agrarian Reform/Transition Agricultural Economics, Relations of Production in Agriculture, Development and Agriculture, other rural issues or Political Economy questions. The objective of the group is for students to get feedback on their work through presentations, share resources, and to help push along individuals’ research agendas. Frequency of meetings varies. We meet around 4-6 times per semester depending on the availability of presenters and topics of interest. Students are expected to contribute by attending meetings, presenting, reading and commenting on papers, and leading discussions. The seminar group is largely student-led, with faculty acting in an advisory role and occasionally presenting.