Sarah Bowen

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Associate Professor

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Sociology of Food
  • Health and Inequality
  • Political Economy/Globalization
  • Research Methods


PI and Director, Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project. See

Funded Research

Bowen, Sarah (PI), Richelle Winkler (co-PI), J. Dara Bloom, and Lillian O'Connell. 2014-2015. "Contextualizing Family Food Decisions: The Role of Household Characteristics, Neighborhood Deprivation, and the Local Food Environment." USDA ERS, $39,848.

Bowen, Sarah (PI), Sinikka Elliott (co-PI), Lorelei Jones, Susan Jakes, and Keith Baldwin. 2011-2016. "Community-Based Approach to Reducing Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Populations: Research to Action." USDA NIFA, AFRI, $3,026,299.


  • Bowen, Elizabeth, Sarah Bowen, and Anamika Barman-Adhikari. 2015 (forthcoming). “Prevalence and Covariates of Food Insecurity among Residents of Single Room Occupancy Housing in Chicago.” Public Health Nutrition.
  • Jakes, Susan, Annie Hardison-Moody, Sarah Bowen, and John Blevins. 2015. “Engaging Community Change: The Critical Role of Values in Asset Mapping.” Community Development 46(4): 392-406.
  • Bowen, Sarah, and Danny Hamrick. 2014. “Defining Mexico’s Spirit.” Gastronomica (Winter 2014): 26-32.
  • Gaytan*, Marie Sarita, and Sarah Bowen*. 2014. “Naturalizing Neoliberalism and the De-Mexicanization of the Tequila Industry.” Environment and Planning A 47: 267-283.
  • Bowen*, Sarah, Sinikka Elliott*, and Joslyn Brenton*. 2014. "The Joy of Cooking and Other Cooking Lies." Contexts 13(3): 20-25.
  • Bowen, Sarah, and Tad Mutersbaugh. 2014. “Local or Localized? Exploring Franco-Mediterranean Contributions to Alternative Food System Research.” 31(2): 201-213.Agriculture and Human Values
  • Leak, Tashara, Lisa Benavente, L. Suzanne Goodell, Annie Lassiter, Lorelei Jones, and Sarah Bowen#. 2014. “Perspectives of EFNEP Participants on the Use of Social Media to Supplement Nutrition Education: Focus Group Findings.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 46(3): 203-208.
  • Bowen*, Sarah, and Marie Sarita Gaytan*. 2012. "The Paradox of Protection: National Identity, Global Commodity Chains, and the Tequila Industry." Social Problems 59(1): 70-93.
  • Bowen, Sarah. “The Importance of Place: Re-Territorializing Embeddedness.” Sociologia Ruralis 51(4): 325-348.
  • Bowen, Sarah, and De Master, Kathryn. 2011. “New Rural Livelihoods or Museums of Production? Quality Food Initiatives in Practice.” Journal of Rural Studies 27(1): 73-82.
  • Bowen, Sarah. 2010. “Embedding Local Places in Global Spaces: Geographical Indications as a Territorial Development Strategy.” Rural Sociology 75(2): 209-243.
  • Bowen, Sarah. 2010. “Development from Within? The Potential for Geographical Indications in the Global South.” The Journal of World Intellectual Property 13(2): 231-252.
  • Bowen, Sarah, and Ana Valenzuela Zapata. 2009. “Geographical Indications, Terroir, and Socioeconomic and Ecological Sustainability: The Case of Tequila.” Journal of Rural Studies 25(1): 108-119.
  • Trubek, Amy, and Sarah Bowen. 2008. “Creating the Taste of Place in the United States: Can We Learn from the French?” GeoJournal 73(1): 23-30.
  • Bowen, Sarah, and Peter Gerritsen. 2007. “Reverse Leasing and Power Dynamics Among Blue Agave Farmers in Western Mexico.” Agriculture and Human Values 24(4): 473-488.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • M.S. in Rural Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, 2000