Julie Steinkopf Rice
Post-Marxism, Alternative Trade, Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Change, Communities
Office: Science Hall 292E
Ph.D. - Washington State University, 2008
M.A. - Washington State University, 2003
B.S. - Utah State University, 1999
My research revolves around my interest in economic exchanges that present alternatives to the exploitative processes of free market capitalism. Theoretically I employ post-Marxism to examine the role of discourse in these processes. Methodologically I use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. My research to date includes examining the discourse surrounding the economic crisis of 2008; aspects of the fair trade movement, and the efforts of gender and trade advocacy groups.
Currently I am looking at how alternative economic approaches are used / can be used as an effective community development strategy. I argue theorizing community economic development in this manner increases economic options for communities that are also more socially just and inclusive.