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Sarah Franzen

Assistant Professor


PhD, Emory University
MA, University of Manchester
BA, Colorado State University


Sarah Franzen combines cultural and visual anthropology to explore agricultural systems, rural development, and community organizing. Her research focuses particularly on African American cooperatives and rural development in the southeastern US.

Selected Publications

“The Value of Farming: Multi-faceted Wealth Generation through Cooperative Development.” Economic Anthropology. 7(2): 279-292. (2020)

“Digital Transformations: Integrating Ethnographic Video into a Multimodal Platform.” In R. Freeman and J. Crowder (Eds). Anthropological Data in the Digital Age: New Possibilities – New Challenges. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (2019)

“Framing Nature: Visual Representations of Ecological Paradigms.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 1-3 (2017)

“Reality Education: Agricultural Knowledge Exchange in the US South.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 7(2): 69-83. (2017)

“Introduction: Participatory Research and Visual Methods.” Visual Methodologies. 4(1): 1-9. (2016).

“Engaging a Specific, Not General, Public: The use of ethnographic film in public scholarship.” Qualitative Research. 13(4): 414-427. (2013). 

Courses Taught

ANTH 1003: Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology
ANTH/GEOG 4074: Place and Culture


227 Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-5957
Fax: 225-578-4420


Sarah Franzen's CV