Bio & CV

I’m the President of the Faculty Council as well as a faculty representative on our search for the 16th President of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. I’m also the Chair of the Department of Sociology and the Food Studies Minor. The overarching goal of my research has been to uncover the social relations surrounding the production and the consumption of food.

The rampant use of genetically modified food (often referred to as containing GMOs) incites fierce and seemingly intractable debates among environmental activists, scientists, governmental regulators, and representatives of the food and agriculture industries. While some portray genetic modification of food as scientific progress, others frame it as a form of perverted science. But why, exactly, is it so controversial? My book, What’s So Controversial about Genetically Modified Food?,  explores the science—and myth—that surrounds genetically modified food to help us understand just what’s at stake.

I serve on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Study of Food and Society and as a Founding Advisory Board Member of Southern California Foodways.

I had a great time hosting the Joint 2017 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS). Now I’m looking forward to hosting A People’s History of Southern California Foodways at the Autry Museum of the American West, October 11-12, 2019.

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