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Dr. Carmen Bain • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Carmen Bain, Assistant Professor

B.A., M.A. U of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
PhD Michigan State University

316 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
FAX: (515) 294-2303
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Dr. Bain's research interests include the political economy of food and agricultural systems; gender, agriculture and international development; and the social dimensions of genetically modified (GMOs) foods and crops. She has conducted research in Uganda, Chile, New Zealand and the US.

Dr Bain teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the sociology of agriculture and food systems, the sociology of the environment, and rural sociology. She is the advisor for the undergraduate major, Agriculture & Society.


Selected Journal Articles

Bain, C. and *T. Dandachi. (2014). Governing GMOs: The (Counter)Movement for Mandatory and Voluntary Non-GMO Labels. Sustainability. Vol. 6(12): 9456-9476

Selfa, T., C. Bain and *R. Moreno. (2014). Depoliticizing Land and Water “Grabs” in Colombia: The Limits of Bonsucro Certification for Enhancing Sustainable Biofuel Practices. Agriculture and Human Values. 31: 455-468.

Bain, C. and T. Selfa. 2013. Framing and Reframing the Environmental Risks and Economic Benefits of Ethanol Production in Iowa. Agriculture and Human Values. 30(3): 351-364.

Ransom, E., C. Bain, and V. Higgins. (2013). Private Agri-food Standards: Supply Chains and the Governance of Standards. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. 20(2):147-154.

Bain, C., E. Ransom and V. Higgins. (2013). Contestation, Hybridity and the Politics of Standards. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food.20(1):1-10.

Bain, C., A. Prokos, and *H. Liu. (2012). Community Support of Ethanol Plants: Does Local Ownership Matter? Rural Sociology. 77(2): 143-170.

Ransom, E. and C. Bain. (2011). Gendering Agricultural Aid: An Analysis of Whether International Development Assistance Targets Women and Gender. Gender & Society. 25(1): 48-74.

Sage Publications Podcast: Authors Elizabeth Ransom and Carmen Bain discuss their article, "Gendering Agricultural Aid: An Analysis of Whether International Development Assistance Targets Women and Gender." Download MP3

Bain, C. (2011). Constructing the Local: An Assessment of Ethanol Plant Ownership in Iowa.Biomass and Bioenergy. 35(4): 1400-1407.

Selfa, T., L. Kulcsar, C. Bain, R. Goe and G. Middendorf. (2011). Biofuels Bonanza? Exploring Community Perceptions of the Promises and Perils of Biofuels Production. Biomass and Bioenergy. 35(4):1379-1389.

Bain, C., E. Ransom and M. Worosz. (2011)Constructing Credibility: Using Technoscience to Legitimate Strategies in Agrifood Governance. Journal of Rural Social Sciences. 25(3): 160-192.

Bain, C. (2010). Structuring the Flexible and Feminized Labor Market: GLOBALGAP Standards for Agricultural Labor in Chile. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 35(2): 343-370.

Bain, C. (2010). Governing the Global Value Chain: GLOBALGAP and the Chilean Fresh Fruit Industry. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. 17(1): 1-23.

Selected Book Chapters

Bain, C. and *T. Dandachi. (2015). ‘100% Pure’? Private Governance Efforts to Mitigate the Effects of ‘Dirty Dairying on New Zealand’s Environment. Pp 40-58. In A. Bonanno and L. Busch (eds) The Handbook of International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press.

Selfa, T. and C. Bain. (2014). Biofuels and Rural Communities: Promises, Pitfalls and Uneven Local Impacts. Pp. 243-259. In C. Bailey, L. Jensen and E. Ransom (eds). Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.

Bain, C. (2014). Chilean Temporeras and Corporate Construction of Gender Inequalities in Global Food Standards. Pp. 119-136. In W. Dunaway (ed). Gendered Commodity Chains: Seeing Women’s Work and Households in Global Production. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Selfa, T., C. Bain and *R. Moreno. (2014). Colombia. Pp. 157-178.  In Solomon, B. and R. Bailis (eds). Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean. New York: Springer.

Flora, N., C. Bain and *C. Call (2012). Sustainability Standards and their Implications for Agroecology, pp.163-225. In B. Campbell and S. Lopez Ortiz (eds). Integrating Agriculture, Conservation, and Ecotourism: Societal Influences. New York: Springer.

Bain, C. and M. Hatanaka. (2010). The Practice of Third-Party Certification: Enhancing Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice in the Global South? pp. 56-74. In V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds). Calculating the Social: Standards and the Re-configuration of Governing.Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Selected News Articles

GMOs symbolize broader concerns. Feedstuffs. Vol 88 (9): September 5, 2016
GMO labeling issue far from finished. The Dickinson Press. North Dakota. August 8, 2016
Food industry, which opposed GMO labeling, now embraces it. St Louis Dispatch. July 29, 2016
Bringing Back the Human Side to Ag. AgriBusiness Global. May 25, 2016
Facts, not fears, the key to dealing with GM foods. The Straits Times. Singapore. April 1, 2016
Campbell’s GMO move heralds change in labeling debate. Politico. January 12, 2016
Big Food no longer has a united front on GMO labeling. St Louis Dispatch. January 11, 2016
Congress is having a messy food fight over GMO labeling. The Verge. August 4, 2015
Emotion, politics take over in US GMO labelling debate, science left out. ABC (Australia Broadcasting Corporation) July 30, 2015
GMO label debate a ‘wicked’ problem. Capital Press. July 24, 2015.
Amid the GMO labeling fight, industry experts weigh in. Tampa Bay Times. July 23, 2015.