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Jennifer Keahey

Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Asst Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Biography

I investigate questions pertaining to power, governance, and identity in development networks. My research focuses on: (1) market-based sustainability; (2) rural livelihoods; (3) training services; and (4) research processes. As an interdisciplinary scholar with an interest in development ethics, I also explore multi-paradigmatic approaches to research and practice.

In 2010, I worked with small-scale farmers to co-develop a participatory research, training, and networking initiative in South Africa. At that time, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork with a team of community-based farmer leaders, generating in-depth knowledge of the issues facing producers in rural coloured (mixed race) areas, including challenges with Fairtrade and organic market access. Our engagement resulted in a ‘participatory commodity networking’ approach to Fairtrade producer support.

Having worked in a variety of development contexts, I retain a broad interest in post-authoritarian societies and emerging economies. Apart from fieldwork in post-apartheid South Africa, I have consulted on Fairtrade charcoal standards in Namibia and evaluated rural income generation activities in Northern Ghana. In the post-Soviet sphere, I served three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Latvia where I developed a nationally accredited teacher training program; and I later returned via a Fulbright grant to examine the impacts of European integration on Latvia's local food movement.

Education

PhD, Sociology, Colorado State University

MA, International Development and Social Change, Clark University

BA, Anthropology and French, University of Utah

Research Interests
  • Human, sustainable, and participatory development
  • Political economy of production and trade
  • Interdisciplinary ethics and multi-paradigmatic inquiry
  • Action research and qualitative Methods
Publications
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 264Gender and Society
SOC 426Social Inequality
JHR 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 264Gender and Society
SOC 426Social Inequality
JHR 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 331Environmental Sociology
SOC 339Grassroots Social Movements
SBS 339Grassroots Social Movements
POS 339Grassroots Social Movements
ASB 339Grassroots Social Movements
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 264Gender and Society
SOC 426Social Inequality
SBS 493Honors Thesis
JHR 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 264Gender and Society
SOC 331Environmental Sociology
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 331Environmental Sociology
SOC 426Social Inequality
JHR 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 331Environmental Sociology
SOC 426Social Inequality
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 426Social Inequality
Presentations
  • Jennifer Keahey. Staan Saam: Intersectional and Participatory Development in South Africa. Annual Sociology of Development Conference, Cornell University (Oct 2016).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Capabilities for Sustainability: Livelihoods and Culture in the South African Cederberg. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (Aug 2016).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Participatory Commodity Networking: An Integrated Framework for Fairtrade Research and Support. ASU Democracy Conference (Dec 2015).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Whose Knowledge Counts? Skills Development in Fairtrade Producer Networks. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (Aug 2015).
  • Jennifer Keahey. The Sustainability of  Power or the Power of Sustainability? Emerging Farmer Participation in South Africa's Rooibos Tea Industry. Annual Sociology of Development Conference, Brown University (Mar 2015).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Fair Trade and Racial Equity in Africa. International Studies Association Annual Convention (Feb 2015).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Sustainability, Power, and Participation in South Africa's Rooibos Tea Industry. SBS Symposium at ASU West (Oct 2014).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Fair Trade and Racial Equity in Africa. Western Social Science Association Annual Conference (Apr 2014).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Paternalism or Empowerment? Racial (In)Equity in African Fair Trade. New College Faculty Colloquium at ASU West (Mar 2014).
  • Jennifer Keahey. From Dependency to Interconnectedness: Introducing the Participatory Commodity Network Research Approach. American Sociological Association Development Sociology Conference (Oct 2013).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Emerging Markets, Sustainable Methods: Political Economy Empowerment in South Africa's Rooibos Tea Sector. Sociology in Progress Lecture Series (Feb 2013).
  • Jennifer Keahey. South Africa's Rooibos Tea Industry: Social Sustainability Dimensions and Prospects. American Sociological Association Development Sociology Conference (Nov 2012).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Commodity Networking for Sustainable Development: Fair Trade and South Africa's Emerging Rooibos Tea Sector. American Sociological Association Annual General Meeting (Aug 2012).
  • Jennifer Keahey. New Methods for Sustainable Development: Participatory Commodity Networking within South Africa's Emerging Rooibos Tea Sector. Center for Fair & Alternative Trade Seminar (May 2012).
  • Jennifer Keahey and Sandra Kruger. Improving Market Access for Emerging South African Rooibos Farmers. UC Davis HortCRSP Workshop (Apr 2011).
  • Jennifer Keahey. Sustainable Market Access Development in South Africa's Emerging Rooibos Tea Sector. Africa Rising: New Enterprise Solutions to Old Development Problems Research Colloquium (Mar 2011).
Professional Associations
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS); Associate: Center for Fair & Alternative Trade (CFAT); Member: American Sociological Association (ASA); Member: The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).
Service
  • ASA Political Economy of the World System (PEWS),Council Member (2015 - Present)
  • ASA Sociology of Development, Webmaster (2016 - Present)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Interdisciplinary Global Learning and Engagement (IGLE), Member of Advisory Board (2014 - Present)
  • West Campus Sustainability Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) New Roots Farm Project, Refugee Farm Volunteer (2014 - Present)
Industry Positions

EDUCAIDS Intern: Education Sector, UNESCO (2006)

Refugee Volunteer Coordinator: Catholic Community Services (2002-2003)

Volunteer Teacher Trainer: United States Peace Corps (1999-2002)