Food Politics in a Global Economy

I am the teaching assistant for Poli 125B: Food Politics in a Global Economy (Winter 2018, with Professor Megumi Naoi) in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego (CA). Political Science 125B is a student research oriented course, and it examines the politics of food in a global economy, from the angle of the politics of food producers (i.e. farmers and food industries), as well as the politics of food consumers. The class the project based, in which students complete two projects on food politics — one on agricultural protectionism, and another on the politics of consumption. Through the research assignments, students learn the key theories in political economy such as the logic of collective action, political institutions, and the politics of special interests. In the teaching evaluation conducted by UC San Diego, 88.5% of the students said that they will “recommend this course overall” to other students.

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