Sarah K. Bowen
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Campus Box 8107
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
[email protected]
(919) 515-0452
ACADEMIC POSITIONS:
2014 present
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina
State University
2008 2014
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina
State University
EDUCATION:
2008
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: Geographical Indications: Promoting Local Products in a Global Market
2004
M.S., Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thesis: The Road to Margaritaville: Expansion of Agave Cultivation and Power Dynamics in
Southern Jalisco, Mexico
2000
B.S. (with distinction), Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Pennsylvania
State University
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
Sociology of Food, Sociology of Health, Inequality, Globalization/International Political Economy,
Research Methods
EXTERNAL GRANTS:
Bowen, Sarah (PI), Richelle Winkler (co-PI), J. Dara Bloom, and Lillian O’Connell. 2014-2015.
“Contextualizing Family Food Decisions: The Role of Household Characteristics,
Neighborhood Deprivation, and Local Food Environment.” United States Department of
Agriculture, Economic Research Service, $39,858.
Reberg-Horton, Chris (PI), Jean Luginbuhl, Michael Schulman, Julie Grossman, Yasmin Cardoza,
David Orr, Steven Washburn, Sarah Bowen, Matt Poore, Shuijin Hu, Michelle Schroeder,
and Nancy Creamer. 2012-2015. “CEFS Long-Term Systems Research: Providing the
Building Blocks for Resilient Food Production Systems.” United States Department of
Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, $299,884.
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Bowen, Sarah (PI), Sinikka Elliott (co-PI), Lorelei Jones, Susan Jakes, and Keith Baldwin. 20112016. “Community-Based Approach to Reducing Childhood Obesity in Low-Income
Populations: Research to Action.” United States Department of Agriculture, National
Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, $3,026,299.
Bowen, Sarah (PI), and Kathryn De Master (co-PI). 2011-2013. “Fostering Resilience: Integrating
Territory and Heritage into Emerging Agricultural Clusters in the United States.” United
States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture
and Food Research Initiative, $142,234.
Grossman, Julie (PI), Michelle Schroeder Moreno, Wei Shi, and Sarah Bowen. 2010-2013. “Lighting
Up the Black Box: Improving Legume Performance on Organic Farms by Optimizing
Microbially-Mediated Plant and Soil Nitrogen Cycling Processes.” United States Department
of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, $192,000.
BOOKS:
Bowen, Sarah. 2015 (forthcoming). Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS:
(* = equally authored; # = last author due to PI status)
Gaytán*, Marie Sarita, and Sarah Bowen*. 2014. “Naturalizing Neoliberalism: The DeMexicanization of the Tequila Industry.” Forthcoming, Environment and Planning A.
Bowen, Sarah, and Danny Hamrick. 2014. “Defining Mexico’s Spirit.” Gastronomica (Winter 2014):
26-32.
Bowen*, Sarah, and Kathryn DeMaster*. 2014. “Wisconsin’s Happy Cows? Articulating Heritage
and Territory as New Dimensions of Quality Production.” Agriculture and Human Values
31(4): 549-562.
Bowen*, Sarah, Sinikka Elliott*, and Joslyn Brenton*. 2014. “The Joy of Cooking?” Contexts 13(3):
20-25.
Leak, Tashara, Lisa Benavente, L. Suzanne Goodell, Annie Lassiter, Lorelei Jones, and Sarah
Bowen#. 2014. “Perspectives of EFNEP Participants on the Use of Social Media to
Supplement Nutrition Education: Focus Group Findings.” Journal of Nutrition Education and
Behavior 46(3): 203-208.
Bowen, Sarah, and Tad Mutersbaugh. 2014. “Local or Localized? Exploring Franco-Mediterranean
Contributions to Alternative Food System Research.” Agriculture and Human Values 31(2):
201-213.
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Bowen*, Sarah, and Marie Sarita Gaytán*. 2012. “The Paradox of Protection: National Identity,
Global Commodity Chains, and the Tequila Industry.” Social Problems 59(1): 70-93.
 Winner, Best Paper in Social Sciences, Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association
Bowen, Sarah. 2012. “Las Indicaciones Geográficas, la Globalización, y el Desarrollo Territorial: El
Caso del Tequila.” Agroalimentaria 18(34): 91-103.
Bowen, Sarah. 2011. “The Importance of Place: Re-Territorializing Embeddedness.” Sociologia
Ruralis: 51(4): 325-348.
Bowen*, Sarah, and De Master*, Kathryn. 2011. “New Rural Livelihoods or Museums of
Production? Quality Food Initiatives in Practice.” Journal of Rural Studies 27(1): 73-82.
Bowen, Sarah. 2010. “Embedding Local Places in Global Spaces: Geographical Indications as a
Territorial Development Strategy.” Rural Sociology 75(2): 209-243.
 Winner, Best Student Paper Award, Rural Sociological Society (for an earlier version)
Bowen, Sarah. 2010. “Development from Within? The Potential for Geographical Indications in the
Global South.” The Journal of World Intellectual Property 13(2): 231-252.
Guy, Kolleen, Amy Trubek, and Sarah Bowen. 2010. “Terroir: A French Conversation with a
Transnational Future.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies 14(2): 139-148.
Bowen, Sarah, and Ana Valenzuela Zapata. 2009. “Geographical Indications, Terroir, and
Socioeconomic and Ecological Sustainability: The Case of Tequila.” Journal of Rural Studies
25(1): 108-119.
 Top-10 Cited Article Published in Journal of Rural Studies, 2009-2011
Bowen, Sarah, and Ana Valenzuela Zapata. 2008. “Dénominations d’Origine et Durabilité
Socioéconomique et Écologique: Le Cas de Tequila." Cahiers Agricultures 17(6): 552-560.
Trubek, Amy, and Sarah Bowen. 2008. “Creating the Taste of Place in the United States: Can We
Learn from the French?” GeoJournal 73(1): 23-30.
Bowen, Sarah, and Peter Gerritsen. 2007. “Reverse Leasing and Power Dynamics Among Blue
Agave Farmers in Western Mexico.” Agriculture and Human Values 24(4): 473-488.
Nowak, Pete, Sarah Bowen, and Perry Cabot. 2006. “Disproportionality as a Framework for Linking
Social and Biophysical Systems.” Society and Natural Resources 19(2): 153-173.
Cabot, Perry, Sarah Bowen, and Pete Nowak. 2004. “Manure Management in Urbanizing Settings.”
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 59(6): 235-243.
PAPERS IN PROCESS AND UNDER REVIEW:
Jakes, Susan, Annie Hardison-Moody, Sarah Bowen, and John Blevins. “Engaging Community
Change: The Critical Role of Values in Asset Mapping.” Revise and resubmit.
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Elliott*, Sinikka, and Sarah Bowen*. “Weighing Motherhood: Scrutiny and Intervention around
Low-Income Mothers’ Feeding Practices and Children’s Bodies.” Under review, American
Sociological Review.
Bowen, Elizabeth, Sarah Bowen, and Anamika Barman-Adhikari. “Prevalence and Covariates of
Food Insecurity among Residents of Single Room Occupancy Housing in Chicago.” Under review,
Journal of Urban Health.
BOOK CHAPTERS:
Bowen, Sarah. 2011. “Las Indicaciones Geográficas como Estrategia de Desarrollo Territorial en el
Sur Global: El Caso de Tequila.” In Los Sistemas Agroalimentarios Localizados en México, edited
by Gerardo Torres Salcido, Héctor Alejandro Ramos Chávez, and Mario del Roble Pensado
Leglise. Mexico City, Mexico: Universiad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.
Bowen, Sarah, and Peter R.W. Gerritsen. 2007. “Socioeconomic and Ecological Forces Driving the
Expansion of Agave Cultivation in Southern Jalisco, Mexico.” Pp. 182-198 in Agaves del
Occidente de México, edited by J. Antonio Vázquez-García, Migel de J. Cházaro B., Gerardo
Hérnandez Vera, Ericka Flores Berrios, and Yalma L. Vargas-Rodríguez. Guadalajara,
Mexico: Universidad de Guadalajara.
INVITED PRESENTATIONS:
“Terroir, Tradition, and the Politics of Protection: The Fight Over Mezcal.” 2013. Invited research
seminar on “The Revinvention of Food,” Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Boston,
Massachusetts.
“Bringing Sociology to the Table: A Case for a Sociological Approach to the ‘Obesity Epidemic’”
(with Sinikka Elliott). 2012. Social Science Research Seminar, Wake Forest University,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“Culture, Markets, and Power: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Place” (with Marie Sarita Gaytán).
2012. Conference on Food and History: From Theory to Practice, North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
“The Potential for Geographical Indications in the Global South.” 2012. R.J. Reynolds Symposium,
Obstacles and Opportunities: The Role of Law in Doing Business in New and Old
Economies in the Global Marketplace, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North
Carolina.
“Protecting Traditions or Institutionalizing Power? The Case of Mezcal.” 2010. Workshop on
Markets as Commons: Developing a Comparative Framework for Investigating Cultural
Resources in Regional Economies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill,
North Carolina.
“Heritage, Identity, and the Construction of Quality among Cheese Producers in the United States
and France” (with Kathryn De Master). 2010. International Symposium on World Milk
Cultures/Cultures des Laits du Monde, Paris, France.
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“Las IG Como Herramienta de Desarrollo: Lecciones de los Casos del Tequila y del Mezcal.” 2009.
Seminar on “Sistemas Agroalimentarios Locales en México: Identidad Territorial,
Construcción de Capital Social, e Instituciones,” Jiquilpán, Mexico.
“L’Importance des Hommes Dans les Démarches Collectives: Une Comparaison Entre Deux
AOCs.” 2009. Keynote address at the General Assembly of the Conseil National des
Appellations d’Origine Laitières, Tours, France.
“Las Indicaciones Geográficas y el Desarrollo Territorial.” 2009. Presentation at the Universidad
Nacional Autónomo de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
“SINER-GI Case Study Presentation: Tequila” (with Hielke van der Meulen). 2007. Presentation at
the Regional Meeting of the Strengthening International Research on Geographical
Indications (SINER-GI) project, Santiago, Chile.
“Socioeconomic Effects of Geographical Indications.” 2007. Presentation for International Training
Module on "Geographical Indications: A Way Forward for Local Development," sponsored
by AGRIDEA, Lausanne, Switzerland.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
“Cooking Under Fire: Food Work Among Low-Income Mothers” (with Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn
Brenton). 2014. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco,
California.
“Beyond the Garden Gate: Connections between Home Gardens, Food Security, and Social Justice”
(with Sinikka Elliott and Lillian O’Connell). 2014. Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological
Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Dietary Intake of Key Food and Beverage Groups Among a Diverse Sample of Low-Income and
Food-Insecure Mothers” (with Cassandra Johnson, Sinikka Elliott, and Annie HardisonMoody). 2014. Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“Just Two More Bites: Family Food Negotiations, Power Dynamics, and Mother Blame” (with
Sinikka Elliott). 2013. Meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Cincinnati,
Ohio.
“Engaging Community Voices: An Assets-Based Approach to Research and Action on Healthy
Foods & Safe Places to be Active” (with Annie Hardison-Moody, Sinikka Elliott, and
Kathryn Rosenbaum). 2013. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association,
Boston, Massachusetts.
“Bringing Sociology to the Table: A Case for a Sociological Approach to the “Obesity Epidemic”
(with Sinikka Elliott). 2012. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association,
Denver, Colorado.
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“Food Access, Food Justice, and Communities: Integrating Participatory Research into
Undergraduate Classes” (with Daniel Auerbach). 2012. Annual Meeting of the Rural
Sociological Society, Chicago, Illinois.
“Perceptions of Community Food Systems” (with Ariel Fugate). 2012. Annual Meeting of the
Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.
“What’s For Dinner? Examining Family Foodwork within Contested Food Environments” (with
Sinikka Elliott). 2012. Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans,
Louisiana.
“Constructed Heritage and Conflicting Power Dynamics among Pottery Makers in Seagrove, North
Carolina” (with Aysha Bodenhamer). 2011. Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological
Society, Jacksonville, Florida.
“Re-Locating Embeddedness: A Critical Analysis of the Comté Supply Chain.” 2010. Annual
Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
“Constructing Quality and Embedding Markets: An Analysis of the Tequila and Mezcal Commodity
Chains.” 2010. Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Atlanta, Georgia.
“Pork Projects: Exploring Transnational Production Strategies and Local Responses in Poland,
Mexico, and the United States” (with Kathryn De Master). 2009. Annual Meeting of the
Rural Sociological Society, Madison, Wisconsin.
“The Politics, Priorities, and Privileges of Cheese Syndicates and Consortia : The Comité
Interprofessionel du Gruyère de Comté. ” 2009. Workshop on Artisanal Cheeses,
Schumacher College, Devon, England.
“A Transatlantic Divide? Competing Understandings of Locality in the United States and Europe.”
2009. Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Humans Values Society and the
Association for the Study of Food and Society, State College, Pennsylvania.
“Happy Cows? Consuming Heritage as a New Dimension of Quality Production” (with Kathryn De
Master). 2009. Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada;
Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Humans Values Society and the
Association for the Study of Food and Society, State College, Pennsylvania.
“Geographical Indications and Rural Development: A Comparison of Two Cases.” 2008.
International Conference of the Local Agro-Food Systems Network, Mar del Plata,
Argentina.
“Reconfiguring the Local: Quality Standards and Changing Farmer Practices in the European
Union” (with Kathryn De Master). 2008. Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society,
Manchester, New Hampshire.
“New Rural Livelihoods or Museums of Production? Quality Food Initiatives in Practice” (with
Kathryn De Master). 2008. Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Humans
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Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society, New Orleans,
Louisiana.
“The History and Future of Terroir” (Roundtable, with Amy Trubek, Kolleen Guy, and Riki
Saltzman). 2008. Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Humans Values Society
and the Association for the Study of Food and Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Definitions of Quality, Geographical Indications, and Power Dynamics: The Case of Tequila.”
2008. Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and
Society Association, Montreal, Canada.
“Localizing Production within the Framework of Globalization: Geographical Indications and the
Case of Tequila.” 2007. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New
York, New York.
“Geographical Indications: Promoting Local Products in a Global Market.” 2007. Annual Meeting
of the Rural Sociological Society, Santa Clara, California.
“Las Indicaciones Geográficas y sus Contribuciones al Desarrollo Rural: Una Comparación entre
América Latina y Europa.” 2007. Conference of the European Council for Social Research
on Latin America (CEISAL), Brussels, Belgium.
“Denominations of Origin and Socioeconomic and Ecological Sustainability: The Case of Tequila”
(with Ana Valenzuela Zapata). 2006. International Conference of the Local Agro-Food
Systems Network, Baeza, Spain.
“Denominations of Origin and Rural Development: The Case of the Tequila Industry.” 2006.
Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Louisville, Kentucky.
“The Relationship between Farm Size and Environmental Performance” (with Pete Nowak). 2006.
Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Louisville, Kentucky.
“Denominations of Origin as a Means of Preserving Quality: The Case of the Tequila Industry.”
2006. Joint Annual Meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Humans Values Society and the
Association for the Study of Food and Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Disproportionality as a Framework for Linking Social and Biophysical Systems” (with Pete Nowak
and Perry Cabot). 2005. Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Tampa, Florida.
“Tequila Production and Farmers’ Perceptions of Environmental Risk in Jalisco, Mexico.” 2005.
International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Östersund, Sweden.
“Socioeconomic Forces Driving the Expansion of Blue Agave Cultivation in the ‘Zona Sur,’ Jalisco,
Mexico.” 2004. Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Sacramento, California.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS:
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2013
Invited participant, Let’s Move Faith and Communities meeting on childhood obesity
at the White House, Washington, D.C.
2013
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North
Carolina State University
2009
Research Fellowship, Center for Inter-American Studies, Mexico City, Mexico
2006
Fulbright Institute of International Education Fellowship to the European Union
2006
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (declined)
2005
Best Student Paper, International Symposium on Society and Resource Management,
Östersund, Sweden
2004
Student Mobility Exchange Program Grant for Research in Mexico, Gaylord Nelson
Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2002
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (2008 – present):
Food and Society (undergraduate)
Sociology of Agriculture and Rural Society (undergraduate)
Sociology of International Development (undergraduate)
The Community: Communities and Globalization (graduate)
Comparative Societies (graduate)
Sociology of Food Systems (graduate)
Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (2007):
Introduction to Sociology (undergraduate)
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
20002002
Agricultural Engineer, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources
Conservation Service, Annandale, New Jersey
LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:
Spanish (proficient in reading, writing, and speaking)
French (proficient in reading, writing, and speaking)
English (native)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
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American Sociological Association
Rural Sociological Society
Southern Sociological Society
Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society
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(PI), Michelle Schroeder Moreno, Wei Shi, and Sarah Bowen. 2010