Francesca Coin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. She received her Ph.D in Sociology from Georgia State University in 2007, with a dissertation entitled Pickles and Pickets after Nafta: Globalization and Agribusiness in the US and Mexico. She lived for several years in the United States and has travelled extensively through Asia and the Americas doing research in the rural communities of the peripheries in order to assess the impact of globalization on the food chain. Her work deals primarily with the sphere of reproduction, where she combines the tools of political economy and ethnography in order to study the impact of neoliberal policies on rural sustainability, always paying particular attention to issues of gender and race. She relocated to Italy in 2008. She currently teaches Neoliberal Policies and Intercultural Communication at Ca’ Foscari. She also teaches as a Visiting Professor at Ca’ Foscari Harvard Summer School and Venice International University.