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Rachel Schurman

Protrait: Rachel Schurman

Ph.D. 1993 University of Wisconsin Madison
Room 1078 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-1039

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Agri-food Studies, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Global Political Economy, Development/Post-Development Studies.

Current Research

My current project, “Science for the Poor: Foundations, Firms and the New Green Revolution for Africa,” focuses on efforts being made by philanthropic, corporate, and other actors to address chronic hunger and low agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa.  I am interested in the contours of this new agricultural humanitarianism in terms of its central actors and discourses, its visions of agricultural change, and the new knowledge networks, public-private partnerships, and North and South collaborations it is generating. My last book analyzed organized social activism against agricultural biotechnology and explored how the contending “life worlds” of anti-biotech activists and the biotechnology industry shaped the development and deployment of genetically modified organisms at a global scale.

Selected Publications

Book Cover: Fighting for the Future of Food

Fighting for the Future of Food: Activists Vs. Agribusiness in the Struggle Over Biotechnology with William A. Munro. 2010. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

"Targeting Capital: A Cultural Economy Approach to Understanding the Efficacy of Two Anti-Genetic Engineering Movements," with William A. Munro. 2009. American Journal of Sociology 115(1):155–202.

"Sustaining Outrage: Motivating Sensibilities in the U.S. Anti-GE Movement,” with William A. Munro. 2007. Pp. 145-176 in The Fight Over Food: Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System, edited by W. Wright and G. Middendorf. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

"Ideas, Thinkers, and Social Networks: The Process of Grievance Construction in the Anti-Genetic Engineering Movement," with William A. Munro. 2006. Theory and Society 35(1):1-38.

Engineering Trouble: Biotechnology and Its Discontents (University of California Press 2003), co-edited with D. Takahashi-Kelso.