I am a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. My major substantive interest is the sociological study of food. I see food as a lens for investigating questions that lie at the intersection of multiple areas like culture, politics, gender and the environment. Much of my work examines discourses of ethical consumption, and investigates how consumers seek social transformation within the constraints of contemporary market forces. I am also deeply interested in the topic of foodies – what they value, how they eat, and why the hamburger remains such an iconic food. My latest research project focuses on the cultural politics of meat consumption.
Research & Teaching Areas: sociology of food; cultural sociology; consumer culture; gender; environmental sociology & political ecology; critical theory
Latest Article: “Eating Animals: Exploring the ‘Meat Paradox’ in a Food Studies Classroom” – In this piece, written with Shyon Baumann and published in Food, Culture & Society, we explore the experience of preparing, tasting, and teaching about meat in a diverse graduate-level course where not all students consume animal proteins. We suggest this experience provides an occasion to challenge the mind-body dualism within food studies while also promoting reflexivity on meat consumption.