Courtney Dowdall, PhD

Globalization, Development, Economic Anthropology, Commodity Production and Consumption, Latin America

I was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, and received my B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Truman State University. After graduation, I taught English in Taiwan and supervised a Transition-to-Work training program for St. Louis high school students with developmental disabilities. My current research interests look at the ways in which commodity producers of the developing world participate in the global economy. For my dissertation research, I am investigating coffee producers in Guatemala, their development goals, and the various ways they are attempting to achieve these goals, such as pursuing Fair Trade certification and other trade relationships with partners in the developed Northern countries. I was awarded a National Science Foundation grant (Dr. Liliana Goldin, advisor) to support my dissertation research.