Staff

Carmen Bain

  • Professor
  • Sociology - AGLS
  • Sociology - AGLS
  • 320 East Hall
  • Ames, IA 50011-1054
  • Phone 515-294-9895
  • Email cbain@iastate.edu
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Education
Ph.D. Sociology, Michigan State University, 2007
M.A. Sociology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2001
B.A. Sociology and Geography, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2000

Awards/Special Recognition

  • Invited by C-Span to present “Invisible Farmers: A Historical Overview of Women in US Agricultural Production.” C-Span. Lectures in History. 2020 https://www.c-span.org/series/?lecturesInHistory
  • Emory Bogardus Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching, Iowa State University 2019
  • Emerging Leaders Academy, Iowa State University, 2016-2017
  • Sociology Department Nominee for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Undergraduate Advising Award, 2017
  • Sociology Department Nominee for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Early Achievement in Research Award, 2009
  • Exceptional Support Recognition, ISU Student Scholars and Leaders Recognition Ceremony, 2008
  • Department of Sociology Achievement Award, Michigan State University, 2007
  • Rita S. Gallin Award for Best Graduate Student Paper in Women and International Development, 2004
  • Department of Sociology Achievement Award, Michigan State University, 2004

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate
Sociology 230: Rural Sociology in Transition
Sociology 325: Transition in Agriculture
Sociology 350: Women in Agriculture and the Food System
Globe 495: Dean’s Global Food and Agriculture Leadership Program (Rome)

Graduate
Sociology 544: Sociology of Food and Agricultural Systems
Sociology 549: Sociology of the Environment

Global Engagement
Dr. Bain’s research interests include the governance of agricultural and food systems; gender, agriculture and international development; and the social dimensions of agricultural biotechnologies.  She has conducted research on women’s empowerment in the dairy livestock sector in Uganda.  She is currently researching social attitudes and governance of GMOs and gene edited foods in the US and EU. Dr. Bain has worked in Chile, Ghana, the EU, New Zealand, Uganda and the U.S.