Dr. Elizabeth P. Ransom
Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Elizabeth Ransom's research interests are in the areas of international development and globalization, the sociology of agriculture and food, and social studies of science and technology. Her recent research focuses on the linkages between Southern African (South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia) red meat industries and global food systems. She has published several articles focused on the global red meat trade, agricultural biotechnologies, and the patterns and problems surrounding modern food consumption practices. A secondary area of research involves studying structured inequalities in sports. She also teaches courses within these areas of interest including, Feast & Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System, Social Studies of Science and Technology, and Sport in Society.
Ransom, E. with C. Baily and L. Jensen, Editors. 2014. Rural America in a Globalizng World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press. Forthcoming 2014.
Ransom, E. and W. Wright. Forthcoming. "Constructing Culinary Knowledge: Food and Agricultural Change in Community Cookbooks." Food Culture & Society, 16 (4): forthcoming.
Ransom, E. 2011. “Botswana’s Beef Global Commodity Chain: Explaining the Resistance to Change.” Journal of Rural Studies 27 (4): 431-439.
Ransom, E. and C. Bain. February 2011. Gendering Agricultural Aid: An Analysis of Whether International Development Assistance Targets Women and Gender. Gender and Society 25(1): 48-74. [Listen to a podcast in which Ransom and Bain describe the article.]
Friedland, B., E. Ransom, S. Wolf. 2010 “Agrifood Alternatives and Reflexivity in Academic Practice.” Rural Sociology. 75 (4): 532-537.
Malope, P., and E. Ransom. 2009. Awareness and the perceived effects of the New Livestock and Meat Industries Act of 2006: a case study of Kgatleng and Kweneng districts, Botswana. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 21, Article #169. Retrieved October 28, 2009, from http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd21/10/malo21169.htm
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Michigan State University
B.A., Western Carolina University
(804) 287-1278 (Fax)
Areas of ExpertiseGlobalization and development (Southern Africa)
Political economy of agriculture and food systems
Social studies of science and technology (especially in relation to the agriculture and food)
Gender and development
Sociology of sport