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Fischer, Kate Lecturer


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  • Dr. Fischer's research focuses on the interactions between a people, a place, and a plant. It examines the ways in which ideas about what makes coffee good, and what makes good coffee, change across space and time. Her work takes a multi-sited approach that combines participant-observation within the specialty coffee industry and with coffee growers, particularly in the Orosi Valley of Costa Rica.


  • coffee, latin america, central america, costa rica, identity, work, welfare state, neoliberalism, gender, inequality

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