I am an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I am also a Research Associate at the Center for Fair and Alternative Trade (CFAT) at Colorado State University. See a brief interview here.
I hold a PhD in Political Science from Brown University and a MALD in political economy and development from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. I identify as an interdisciplinary scholar, borrowing heavily from international relations, comparative politics, sociology, public policy, anthropology, and economics. My research focuses on inequality, the political economy of development, global governance, organizational culture, private standards setting, and fair trade.
I am the co-author of The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (2014), an ethnographic book about activism in America:
“By taking citizens’ civic work seriously, this book provides a valuable and easily accessible contribution for graduate and under- graduate students of sociology, politics, and social and civic culture. Moreover, it is an important read for activists, policymakers, and anyone interested in improving our democracy.”
– Shauna Morimoto, review in Contemporary Sociology (2015)
I am also the co-editor and a contributing author of The Handbook of Research on Fair Trade (2015), a compilation of 30 chapters intended to define and further the state of research on fair trade:
“This handbook is a long-needed, comprehensive examination of fair trade’s multifaceted and shifting coordinates by leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines. An invaluable resource for researchers and students alike.”
– Daniel Jaffee, Professor of Sociology, Portland State University (USA), Author of Brewing Justice: Fair trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival (2007, 2014)
My current research focuses on the politics of governing voluntary social certification systems (such as Fairtrade International, Forest Stewardship Council, and Equitable Origin). I can be reached by email at ElizabethBennett@lclark.edu.
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