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Department of Sociology Torcasso Sanchez, Rebekah

MA of Sociology, Washington State University, 2012
BS of Sociology, Minor in Women & Gender Studies, Virginia Tech University, 2010


Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Ag & Food Systems, Political Economy, Social Movements, Dimensions of Power.


Research Interests


My doctoral research examines the structure and social politics of campesin@-led food sovereignty organizing in the US context. Specifically, I explore how US based members of La Via Campesina, and their allies embrace and/or engage the politics and ideology of the global movement.

Additional Research Engagements:

    • Expert activism in the alternative agriculture movement advancing the theory of Shadow Mobilization. This research further identified experts involved in the Alternative Agriculture Movement in Washington state.
    • Survey data analysis exploring the influence of individual-level variables, structural factors, information networks, and ecological perceptions on pear growers’ adoption of incremental versus transformative biological control practices.
    • Previously, I have also examined the reflexive perceptions of power and authority figures after individuals were victimized by sexual assault.
Selected Publications

Frickel, Scott, Rebekah Torcasso, and Annika Anderson. 2015. “Shadow Mobilization: The Organization of Expert Activism.” Mobilizations.

Torcasso, Rebekah. 2015. “Pesticides.” in Food Issues, edited by Ken Albala. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Torcasso, Rebekah. 2014. Review of Corporate Crops: Biotechnology, Agriculture, and the Struggle for Control, Gabriela Pechlaner (University of Texas Press, 2012). Rural Sociology.




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Curriculum Vitae