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Daniel Jaffee


Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Shipping Address:
Department of Sociology
1721 SW Broadway, #217
Portland, OR 97201 

Phone: (503) 725-3919
Fax: (503) 725-3957

Office Location: Cramer Hall 217H

Emailjaffee (at) pdx (dot) edu


Curriculum Vita

Areas of Interest: Environmental Sociology, Development Sociology, Globalization, Food and Agriculture, Social Movements

My research examines the effects of economic globalization and neoliberal policies on social and environmental conditions for rural communities, both in the global South (particularly Latin America) and the global North.  I currently have two principal research projects.  The first focuses on the international fair trade system as an alternative model of economic exchange, examining the benefits and limitations of participation in fair trade markets for peasant commodity producers, as well as the contested politics of corporate involvement in fair trade certification and other standards-based systems. I have conducted extensive ethnographic field work in rural Mexico on certified organic and fair trade coffee production, as well as on indigenous community forestry management as a conservation/development strategy.  Second, I examine the dynamics of commodification of resources traditionally conceptualized as public goods, particularly drinking water.  My current work explores several sites of contestation over bottled water extraction and consumption in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  Additional interests include social movements around sustainable agriculture and resource use in both North and South, and the effect of global trade/investment rules on environmental protection and regulation.

Recent Publications (Copies of articles available upon request)


Daniel Jaffee. 2014. Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability and Survival (Updated Edition). University of California Press. 

Articles and Book Chapters:

Daniel Jaffee and Philip H. Howard.  2016.  "Who's the Fairest of Them All? The Fractured Landscape of U.S. Fair Trade Certification." Agriculture and Human Values 33: 813-826.

Daniel Jaffee and Soren Newman.  2013  "A Bottle Half Empty: Bottled Water, Commodification, and Contestation." Organization and Environment 26(3): 318-335.

Daniel Jaffee and Soren Newman.  2013.  "A More Perfect Commodity: Bottled Water, Global Accumulation, and Local Contestation."  Rural Sociology  78 (1): 1-28.

M Jahi Chappell, Hannah Wittman, Christopher M. Bacon, Bruce G. Ferguson, Luis García Barrios, Raúl García Barrios, Daniel Jaffee, Jefferson Lima, V. Ernesto Méndez, Helda Morales, Lorena Soto-Pinto, John Vandermeer, and Ivette Perfecto. 2013. “Food Sovereignty: An Alternative Paradigm for Poverty Reduction and Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America.” F1000Research 2:235 (Doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-235.v1)

Philip H. Howard and Daniel Jaffee.  2013.  "Tensions Between Firm Size and Sustainability Goals: Fair Trade Coffee in the United States."  Sustainability 5: 72-89.

Daniel Jaffee. 2012.  "Weak Coffee: Certification and Co-optation in the Fair Trade Movement."  Social Problems     59(1): 94-116.

Daniel Jaffee.  2011.  "Fair Trade and Development: A Changing Paradigm"  87-104 in Meera Warrier, ed., The Politics of Fair Trade.  London:  Routledge.

Daniel Jaffee and Philip H. Howard.  2010.  "Corporate Cooptation of Organic and Fair Trade Standards."  Agriculture and Human Values  27(4): 387-399.

Daniel Jaffee.  2010.  "Fair Trade Standards, Corporate Participation, and Social Movement Responses in the United States."  Journal of Business Ethics  92: 267-285.

Recent Awards:

2015 Fred Buttel Outstanding Achievement Award, Rural Sociological Society.

C. Wright Mills Book Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Additional Publications:

Daniel Jaffee.  2014.  "Is There Room for Plantations in Fair Trade?"  For A Better World (9): 13-14.

Daniel Jaffee and Philip Howard.  2012.  "Visualizing Fair Trade Coffee."  For A Better World (4): 8-9.

Courses Taught:

Sociology 320: Globalization
Sociology 410: Sustainable Development
Sociology 465: Environmental Sociology
Sociology 510/610: SEM: Food, Justice, and Social Movements
Sociology 565/665: Environmental Sociology Seminar
Sociology 598/698: Globalization and Inequality