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About Rebecca L. Som Castellano


Rebecca L. Som Castellano is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Boise State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at The Ohio State University, her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky and her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. Her areas of expertise include rural sociology; the sociology of food and agriculture; environmental sociology; and stratification. Previous research projects have included examination of the actors and interests involved in the construction and development of National School Lunch Program policy; stratification within alternative agrifood systems; food insecurity in both urban and rural contexts; and climate change adaptation. Frequently working in interdisciplinary collaborations, her current work focuses on the experiences of Latina farm workers in Southern Idaho, and land use change, including concern with the development of farm land and sagebrush steppe in Idaho. For her work, she has been awarded several national awards, including a USDA National Needs Fellowship and a Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Award. Her research has been funded through a range of grants, including the American Sociological Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and Mountain West CTR-IN Program for Clinical and Translational Research.