Food-Systems, environmental sociology, globalization, and gender
Dr. Robin Paige is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology and Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University. She received her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Comparative Studies and World Development from the University of California at Davis and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Development Sociology. Dr. Paige has conducted field research in New York State, California, and central Mexico on issues related to value-labels and alternative agriculture as well as migration between the US and Mexico. Dr. Paige’s research on value-labels and voluntary certification in the agro-food system examines the processes by which actors are disciplined to the prevailing logic of capital and industrial relations through production and processing standards. In addition, for the last five years Dr. Paige has been conducting fieldwork in Mexico researching the daily lives of women who remain behind when their husbands migrate to the US. This project focuses on the social and emotional consequences for women in sending communities during long periods of family separation. Dr. Paige is active in issues of social justice and currently teaches the service-learning course in the Community Bridges program at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. At Rice University she has taught courses on Environmental Sociology, Gender, Sociology of Food, and Globalization.