Current CFAT Students:
Nick Greenfield: Nick is a UK and South African national with a MA in Critical Global Politics from the University of Exeter. His MA thesis analyzes to what extent the Fair Trade movement can defetishize the commodity, drawing on the case of gold. Nick is a Sociology PhD student who joined CFAT to study Fair Trade, social and environmental justice movements, and how reciprocity is formed in global trade.
James Hale: James is a Sociology PhD student who has worked in community development for close to ten years, mostly as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi and researching, planning, and implementing local food projects in Denver, Co. His current research interests are focused upon understanding the barriers and opportunities to growing food in U.S. cities.
Meghan Mordy: Meghan was with thePeace Corps in El Salvador and completed her Master’s in Public Administration studying farmers’ cooperatives in Central America. She joined the CSU Sociology Ph.D. program in 2008 to study development, globalization, and the sociology of childhood. She works as the CFAT research assistant, thanks to an institutional development grant from Colorado State University.
Claudia Rosty: Claudia earned a BA in Economics and Public Relations from University of Northern Iowa and completed her Masters in Student Affairs of Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2010. She is currently a PhD student in Sociology interested in food systems, social inequality and fair trade movement in Brazil.
Nefratiri Weeks: Nefratiri has a BA in Sociology with a Minor in Economics from UC Denver and is pursuing a Masters in Sociology with a concentration in Political Economy from CSU. She is dedicated to understanding how fair trade and just exchange can solve social problems of poverty, extreme inequality, starvation, environmental degradation, labor exploitation, and thereby bridge the economic gap between the global North and the global South.
Recent CFAT Graduates:
Andrew Heller: Andrew completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at CSU in 2009. For his dissertation he undertook fieldwork in Guatemala as a Fulbright Scholar. His dissertation, titled “Competing Coffee Certification Schemes in Guatemala: Who Wins and Who Loses?,” focused on the impacts of alternative certification systems. Andrew is now Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Jennifer Keahey: Jennifer finished her Sociology Ph.D. in spring of 2013. For her dissertation, she collaborated with a team of scholars, practitioners, and Rooibos tea farmers to develop a participatory commodity networking research approach to sustainable development. As of August 2013, Jennifer began working as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University West.
Michael Long: Mike successfully defended his dissertation “An Analysis of Ethical Consumption Participation and Motivation” and graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology from CSU in 2010. Mike is now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. He has expertise in quantitative analysis, social movements, and the sociology of consumption.
Jen Loomis: Jen conpleted her MA in Sociology at CSU in 2010. As a CFAT research assistant, she traveled to Peru to complete a research project with Doug Murray entitled: “No Como Veneno: Strengthening Local Organic Markets in the Peruvian Andes.” This research was generously supported by the Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. Jen is now a Ph.D. student at Portland State University.
Daniel Newell McLane: Daniel is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at CSU focusing on environmental sociology and development. He has an MA in International Affairs from American University and an MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is currently researching eco-tourism in Costa Rica for his dissertation.
Siphelo Ngcwangu: As an international student from South Africa, Siphelo completed his MA in Sociology at CSU. His MA thesis was titled: “The import of South African Fair Trade Rooibos Tea into the US Market.” Siphelo was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship to attend CSU. Siphelo is now a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and continues to research fair trade issues in South Africa.
Laura Ridenour: Laura joined the CSU Sociology department in 2007. Her MA thesis, “Put your mouth where your home is: Exploring the epistemology of the local food movement in the Colorado Front Range,” examines how key food system actors engage in and create the local, alternative food movement. She is currently the Food and Farming Program Manager at Sustainable Connections, a nonprofit advocate for sustainable, local economies.
Erica Schelly: Erica has a BA in English from the University of Washington and is currently an MA student in Sociology at CSU. Her research interests include environmental sociology, sustainable development, and fair and alternative trade. She is currently working on a research project with Laura Raynolds studying Fair Trade Flowers in Ecuador. Her research assistantship is generously supported by the National Science Foundation.
Aimee Shreck: Aimee worked as the CFAT Research Assistant when the Center was becoming established. She received her MA from the Université Catholique de Louvain and her Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado State University. Her dissertation analyzed Fair Trade alternatives for small-scale banana producers in the Dominican Republic.
CFAT Visiting Scholars:
Elizabeth Bennett: Elizabeth is completing her PhD in Political Science at Brown University. Her dissertation examines governance of the Fairtrade label, with special attention to producer participation in high-level decisions. Her research includes over a hundred interviews with fair trade pioneers and leaders, multi-country fieldwork, and archival study. Elizabeth has published book chapters, a journal article, and has co-authored a forthcoming book.
David Phillips: David holds a Geography PhD from Newcastle University and works as a Research Fellow for the Natural Resources Institute at University of Greenwich, UK. He specializes in value chain analysis, business development and modeling, and impact research. He has extensive experience researching Fair Trade impacts in Malawi, and currently conducts value chain and small business development assessments in Nigeria and Uganda.