Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA
What wine do you drink? How much is it worth? And why is it considered “quality”? This talk will explore the many political and social dynamics that underlie wine markets, including the role of producers, the state, and consumers in establishing the wine market. We will explore the origins of terroir, and the impact of this concept on producer organization and subsequent wine production. After exploring the political nature of wine market dynamics, we will turn to explore the political market dynamics of other food products, including coffee, beer, and organics. Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Carter is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California Berkeley, and she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. She has been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard University, Sciences-Po (Paris), and Collegio Carlo Alberto (University of Turin, Italy). She has consulted for the World Bank on political organization and taught at universities in China, France, and Switzerland. Her dissertation focused on producer organization and the creation of value in the French and Italian wine markets. Her current research interests include supply chain organization, regulatory politics, and price theory. Her publications have appeared in the Socio-Economic Review, Edward Elgar Press, Palgrave, and the Max Planck Series. In 2020 she will be researching Spanish wine politics as a Fulbright Fellowship at the Universidad Carlos Madrid III.