Ph.D. Oregon State University
M.A. University of Chicago
B.A. Davidson College
An applied cultural and linguistic anthropologist, I specialize in the study of indigenous peoples' efforts to revitalize food and linguistic practices for cultural practices and livelihood maintenance. I look at these efforts through the theoretical frameworks of food and social movements, social sustainability, and the politics of recognition.
I teach courses on sustainable food systems and oversee independent student research on food systems and food sustainability. I also am implementing a study of the Farm at Davidson and how it can sustainably serve the campus and Davidson community. Our goal is to contribute to the burgeoning interest and research on campus farm sustainability initiatives. Students have the opportunity to conduct collaborative and independent research on various topics at the farm, in particular the value of the farm as a social institution and its financial sustainability.
My primary research interest is the impact of food movements on cultural and economic practices in Arctic Sweden. My dissertation examines the efforts and impacts of food organizing amongst Sámi food producers and activists (the Sámi are an indigenous people living in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia). I look at the ways food entrepreneurship enables Sámi producers and activists to petition for their rights to food and indigenous sovereignty and build livelihoods based on their historic foodways—the reindeer, fish, moose, plants and berries of the Arctic landscape.
ENV 181 Food and Sustainability: Introduction to the Farm at Davidson
ENV 283 Global Food Systems
Food and Sustainability Research Seminar