Department of Sociology

Graduate Students

Rebekah Torcasso Sanchez


Areas of Interest

Environment, Political Economy, Power, Social Movements, Globalization, Sociology of Ag and Food Systems


BS of Sociology, Minor in Women & Gender Studies, Virginia Tech
MA of Sociology, Washington State University

Current and/or Anticipated Research

I am currently looking at expert involvement in the alternative agriculture movement utilizing Frickel's theory of Shadow Mobilization. This research aims at further identifying scientists involved in the knowledge production of anti-GMO, sustainable and agroecological research, and food movements more generally.

In the future, I am interested in looking at the structure and social politics of food sovereignty farming organizations. Specifically, I am interested in assessing whether or not US based organizations are successful in embracing, and internalizing, the politics of the global movement.

My previous research concerned the reflexive perceptions of power and authority figures after individuals were victimized by sexual assault.

Recent Presentations

Torcasso, Rebekah. "Shadow Mobilization: An Analysis of Biotechnology and the
Alternative-Agriculture Movement." Presentation given at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting (PSA), San Diego, CA, 2012.



Rebekah Torcasso

Contact Bekah

Office: Wilson-Short 147
Phone: (509) 335-4595 (msgs)

Curriculum Vitae (Pdf)


  • WSU Alumnus Jackson Featured Speaker at Fall Sports Banquet
  • Soccer Hosts Cougar Classic Tournament To Open 2006 Campaign
  • Texas Native Signs Letter of Intent for Cougar Tennis
  • Cougars Final Scrimmage Produces Pair Of Scoring Drives
  • Bruce Added To Rotary Lombardi Watch List
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