Sarah G. Grant is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Her ongoing multi-sited ethnographic research investigates the cultural and economic politics of Vietnam’s rapidly growing commodity coffee industry. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores this industry as a space for local Vietnamese farmers, traders, government officials, multi-national corporations, and international organizations to navigate market-oriented socialism and the complexities of contemporary Vietnam. She is also developing a parallel project that explores the nascent specialty coffee scene in the context of “DIY” cafe culture, branding, and social media in south-central Vietnam and the Vietnamese-American diaspora.
Dr. Grant received her B.A. in History and Political Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She comes to the California State University system from her tenure as a LUCE-ASIANetwork Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Hendrix College. At CSUF she is deeply committed to incorporating social justice oriented materials in her courses and introducing all students to the possibilities Anthropology holds beyond the classroom. In addition to leading a forthcoming study abroad program to Dalat, Vietnam she is active in organizing a speaker series on campus and diversity initiatives for students and faculty alike.
California State University, Fullerton
Department of Anthropology