Dr. Elizabeth Ransom

Dr. Elizabeth Ransom

  • Associate Professor of International Affairs & Senior Research Associate
Elizabeth Ransom is an associate professor of international affairs in the School of International Affairs and a senior research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. Prior to joining Penn State, she served on the Sociology faculty at the University of Richmond since 2003 and as a research associate with the Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William and Mary from 2013-2017.

Ransom's research interests are in the areas of international development and globalization, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa; the political economy of agriculture and food systems; social studies of science and technology, with an emphasis on agriculture and food; and gender, social change and development.


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University Park


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Michigan State University, 2003
  • M.A., Sociology, Michigan State University, 1997
  • B.A., Sociology & Political Science, Western Carolina University, 1994