Analena Bruce

Phone: (603) 862-1144
Office: UNH Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Rm 107, Durham, NH 03824
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I am a sociologist with a research emphasis on alternative agriculture and food system development. My recent work is focused on identifying strategies for balancing the use of conservation farming practices with the economic viability of farming as a way of life. I’ve studied farmers’ participation in new market models such as values-based supply chains and programs designed to increase the environmental sustainability of agriculture. My work also examines regulatory policy and new science and technology in the food system.


  • Ph.D., Rutgers
  • M.A., Rutgers
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

  • Environmental sociology
  • Sociology of Science
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Courses Taught

  • NUTR 730/830: Seed to Sea/Sustainable Food
  • NUTR 830: Seed to Sea/Sustainable Food
  • SAFS 620: Food Systems

Selected Publications

Bruce, A. B. (2019). Farm entry and persistence: Three pathways into alternative agriculture in southern Ohio. Journal of Rural Studies, 69, 30-40. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.04.007

Bruce, A. B. (2017). Frankenfish or Fish to Feed the World? Scientism and Biotechnology Regulatory Policy. Rural Sociology, 82(4), 628-663. doi:10.1111/ruso.12146

Bruce, A. B., & Som Castellano, R. L. (2017). Labor and alternative food networks: challenges for farmers and consumers. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 32(5), 403-416. doi:10.1017/s174217051600034x