Dr Rachel Schurman

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Sociology .
1074 Social Science Bldg

267 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1993.
  • M.A. : Economics, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1983.
  • BA: Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA, 1979.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Agri-food Studies
  • Transnational Sociolgy
  • Social Movements
  • Global Political Economy
  • Political Sociology
  • Development/Post-Development Studies
Courses Taught
  • HSEM 3070 Honors: Politics of Eating: Food, Society & Culture
  • GLOS 3215 Supercapitalism: Labor, Consumption and the Environment in the New Global Economy
  • GLOS 3305 Life for Scale: Global Debates on Environment, Sci & Society
  • SOC 3421W Sociology of Work: Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs
  • GLOS 3550V Supervised Research Paper
  • GLOS 3613W / SOC 3613W Stuffed and Starved: The Political Economy of Food and Agriculture
  • SOC 3613W / SOC 3613V Food, Culture, and Society
  • SOC 3801 Sociological Research Methods
  • GLOS 3900 / SOC 3090 Topics: The New Global Economy
  • GLOS 3900 / GLOS 5900 Topics: Political-Economy of the Financial Crisis
  • SOC 4966W Major Project Seminar
  • SOC 8090 Sociology of Food and Agriculture
  • SOC 8890 Advanced Topics in Research Methods: In-depth Interviewing
  • SOC 8890 Advanced Topics in Research Methods: Interviewing
Research & Professional Activities


  • "The Impact of Value Chain Approaches on Gender and Food Security" (National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (5 years, $479,808) : This new project seeks to generate much needed evidence of the food security consequences of agricultural value chain development in three African countries (Burkina Faso, Mozambique and the Ivory Coast). The central question motivating this five-year project, which I am conducting in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team from several US and African universities, is whether increased market integration and use of green revolution technologies leads to a beneficial cascade of enhanced crop productivity, farmer income, and nutritional well-being for African women farmers and their households, as is widely assumed. Our research aims to contribute to theory building on the network forms of governance that constitute the new global geography of agricultural policy-making and to expand our understanding of the restructuring of the global agricultural system that has occurred over the last 20 years. It also seeks to advance the insights of feminist political ecology by illuminating how gender shapes the process of value chain development, and its nutritional consequences, at multiple levels
  • "The New Green Revolution and the Politics of Agricultural Policymaking in Tanzania" (GPS Global Spotlight, $23,000): This project, which I am doing in conjunction with Prof. Ron Aminzade and our graduate student, Francis Lyimo, seeks to explore agricultural policymaking in Tanzania during the last two decades
  • “Science for the Poor: Foundations, Firms and the New Green Revolution for Africa": This project focuses on efforts being made by philanthropic, corporate, state, 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 developmentalism 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.
  • Winner of the American Political Science Association's 2011 Lynton Caldwell Prize for Best Book in Environmental Politics , 2011