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
NEW: “Challenging Power, Fighting for Food” Koby Song-Nichols, Michael Chrobok, and I announce the launch of a new Food and Activism section in the journal Gastronomica. By inviting contributions on this topic, we hope to bring awareness to and celebrate inspirational organizing and outreach work, energize the activist-scholar dialogue, support innovative and creative approaches to publishing, and reaffirm food studies’ commitment to transformative social change. Full submission details can be found on pages 10-11.