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Elizabeth Ransom

by rmb529 Jun 10, 2020
Elizabeth  Ransom

Associate Professor

Penn State School of International Affairs

Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

106 Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. PhD, Sociology, Michigan State University
  2. MA, Sociology, Michigan State University
  3. BA, Sociology and Political Science, Western Carolina University


Dr. 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. She has two ongoing research programs.  The first program focuses on the linkages between Southern African (South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia) red meat industries and global food systems.  The second program analyzes international agricultural development assistance in developing countries, with an emphasis on the ways in which agricultural assistance targets women and focuses on gender empowerment. She has also published articles focused on the global red meat trade, gender and agricultural development assistance, agricultural biotechnologies, and the patterns and problems surrounding modern food consumption practices. A tertiary 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's latest book is Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010's, which she co-edited for the Rural Sociological Society. The book covers agriculture and food; natural resources; demographic change; the multi-faceted dimensions of diversity; and issues of rural economics, community, and quality of life.