Emelie Peine


Professor, International Political Economy

Emelie Peine’s research focuses on the role of multinational agribusiness in the global food regime, and the effect this has on prices, populations, and economies. Peine is also interested in local food systems and food accessibility. She led a Northwest course on the impact of locally-grown food on people, the economy, and politics. Overseas, Peine examined China’s “go out” policy of purchasing farmland and processing plants overseas so as to provide China with feed grains such as soy. She also studied what this means for control of the supply chain and for local farmers and rainforests in Brazil. As a Fulbright Scholar she researched “Chinese Investment in the Brazilian Soybean Industry: Implications for Brazilian food sovereignty and global security,” (2012–13) and was invited to a Washington D.C. policy think tank workshop on the topic, along with Latin American and U.S. business leaders, state department officials, and other academics. She was interviewed on NPR’s On Point about the global food aid crisis and by CNBC.com about antibiotic use in animals and food safety. Publications include “Trading on Pork and Beans: Agribusiness and the construction of Brazil-China-soy-pork commodity complex,” in The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition. Peine teaches courses on theories of international political economy, food and hunger, and Brazil-China relations.

BA The Evergreen State College 1998
MS Cornell University 2002
Ph.D Cornell University 2009
Intro Global Development GDS 211-A 2218
Intro Global Development IPE 211-A 2218
IPE of Food and Agriculture IPE 331-A 2218
Cosmopolitan Countrysides IPE 367-A 2218
Hooch CONN 307-A 2224
Garden Practices ENVR 356-A 2224
Research Seminar in Global Dev GDS 400-A 2224
This Land is Whose Land? SSI2 166-A 2224

Contact Information

McIntyre 207
email epeine@pugetsound.edu