My research focuses on the sociological drivers and outcomes of contentious food politics. I study the tensions and opportunities in food system change efforts amid the pressures of racial, class, and environmental inequalities. Underlying these interests is an ongoing engagement with the practice of food justice and what this means for building broad based social movements.
While food is my focus, it helps me to address a broad range of sociological questions around social change, political economy, rural and urban development, ethnoracial and class hierarchies, human/nature relations, and power.
My newest projects explore food and gentrification; agriculture, horticulture, and gardening in prisons; and prison hunger strikes.
I am affiliated at Colorado State University with the Center for Fair and Alternative Trade and Food Systems CSU. I am also a co-PI of the Environmental Justice Working Group.