Eastern Michigan University

EVENING CLASSES CANCELED

All classes will be canceled and all non-essential offices/services will be closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, due to the severe weather. Full details.  

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Ronald Rich, PhD, Southern Illinois University, 2003

Part-time Lecturer

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Areas of Expertise

Industrial agriculture, food systems, race and ethnicity in the US 

About

Theoretically, I am interested in social, political, and economic inequalities.  I have turned that interest into research exploring the way that US agricultural industrialization is a form of development that traps primary agricultural producers in institutional and market-based and relations of dependency through capitalist forms of organization.  My fieldwork has focused on the US, but my interests run to global networks of food production and the inequities involved in food systems from which US consumers benefit.  More recently this interest in the inequalities characterizing food production systems has shifted to distribution and consumption, especially issues of food access and networks in the US that exist outside of and challenge industrial food chains.  I have also been teaching a course on racial and ethnic minorities in the US at EMU over the past 4 years, and have developed interests in anthropological/ethnographic approaches to race/ethnicity in the US and the ways that racial identities and inequalities have been and still are constructed in social, political, cultural, and economic contexts.