Sarah Lyon

  • Associate Professor
  • Anthropology
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Latin America Studies
202 Lafferty Hall
859 257-5038, 859-539-1296
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D. Emory University
B.A. Smith College

Biography

My work is situated at the juncture of development studies, economic anthropology and food studies. I am particularly interested in how alternative food networks such as fair trade work to create and sustain diverse economies in the United States and Latin America.

I am the editor of Human Organization, the journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the leading peer reviewed outlet for scholarship in the applied social sciences. Please contact the editorial team or visit our online journal management system for more information. I am also the director of the College of Arts and Sciences NEH funded Careers Beyond the Professoriate program which provides resources and support to humanities and social science PhD students at the University of Kentucky who are interested in exploring diverse career paths. Finally, I am currently the faculty director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment Food Systems Initiative.

 

Research

My current research, funded by the National Science Foundation, explores coffee supply chain resiliency with a specific focus on female coffee producers and the impact of coffee rust, certification regimes, and quality standards in Southern Mexico.

My past research explored the nature of producer and consumer relations in certified commodity networks and questioned the promise that fair trade and other consumption based development initiatives hold for agricultural smallholders in developing countries. Fair trade is a form of alternative trade that seeks to improve the position of disempowered small-scale producers through trade as a means of development. The movement, which promotes labeling, certification, and consumer action, rejects the narrow view of third world producers as victims and instead emphasizes the role that northern consumption can play in their economic empowerment and well-being. My book, Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets (University Press of Colorado, 2011), makes a critical contribution to economic anthropology by providing important insights into how exchange is vested in social relations and inequities in a globalizing world. 

Student Research Opportunities

I believe strongly that the best way to learn about anthropology is to actually become an anthropologist. Therefore, I welcome opportunities to work with interested undergraduate students on independent research projects. If you are interested in collaborating or are looking for a research mentor please contact me.
 

Courses Taught

  • A & S 100: Ethical Consumption in the Digital Age
  • ANT 101: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 301: History of Anthropological Thought
  • ANT 311: Anthropological Perspectives on Globalization
  • ANT 324: Contemporary Cultures of Latin America
  • ANT 338: Economic Anthropology
  • ANT 352: Business, Culture, and Society
  • ANT 352: Anthropology of Tourism
  • ANT 538: Beyond Economic Growth
  • ANT 601: Contemporary Theory
  • ANT 610: History of Anthropological Theory
  • ANT 734: Economic Anthropology
  • ANT 770: Globalization
  • ANT 770: Culture and Power in Latin America

 

Selected Publications: 

BOOKS

JOURNAL ARTICLES

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • 2015 Lyon, S. Fair Trade and Indigenous Communities in Latin America. Handbook of Research on Fair Trade. Raynolds, Laura and Elizabeth Bennett, eds. Edward Elgar.
  • 2012 Lyon, S. “Here The Campesino is Dead”: Can Central America’s Smallholders Be Saved? In Moodie, Ellen and Jennifer Burrell, eds. Central America and the New Millennium: Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy. Pp. 196-211. New York: Berghan Books.
  • 2012 Lyon, S. and C. Wells. Ethnographies of Global Tourism: Cultural Heritage, Economic Encounters, and the Redefinition of Impact. In Global Tourism: Cultural Heritage and Economic Encounters. Lyon, S. and E. Christian Wells, Eds. Pp. 1-20. Walnut Creek: CA: Alta Mira Press.
  • 2010 Lyon, S. A Market of Our Own: Women’s Livelihoods and Fair Trade Coffee Markets. In Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies. Lyon, S. and M. Moberg, Eds. Pp. 125-146. New York: New York University Press.
  • 2010 Lyon, S. and M. Moberg. What’s Fair? The Paradox of Seeking Justice through Markets. In Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies. Lyon, S. and M. Moberg, Eds. Pp. 1-24. New York: New York University Press.
  • 2006 Just Java: Roasting Fair Trade Coffee. In, Fast Food-Slow Food: The Economic Anthropology of the Global Food System. Wilk, R., ed. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press.

Please see: http://uky.academia.edu/SarahLyon for a complete list.

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