Curriculum Vitae

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: “The Cultural Imaginary of Ethical Meat: A Study of Producer Perceptions” – In this article, published in the Journal of Rural Studies, Anelyse Weiler, Shyon Baumann, and I investigate ethical meat producers’ perceptions of their work and how they envision their products fitting into a sustainable food system.