Associate Professor of Sociology and Food Studies, University of the Pacific

My research seeks to understand and advocate for food justice by exploring the ways that racial and economic identities and inequalities affect efforts to create sustainable food systems.

My third book, an edited volume called The New Food Activism, is due out in late 2016. While much of the work toward making food systems more sustainable and socially just has taken the form of alternative products and forms of exchange, this book chronicles legislative campaigns to restrict the power of industrial producers and processors, and to amplify the power of workers.

I am also beginning a project exploring how gentrification affects food activism in Oakland, California. This book will bring my previous work on race, class and food systems into contact with questions of how cities change and how that affects various communities.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Sociology and Food Studies, University of the Pacific

Education

  • 2008 
    UC Davis, Ph.D./ sociology