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Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University

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 questions around social change, political economy, rural and urban development, ethnoracial and class hierarchies, human/nature relations, and power.

I am the author of Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle and co-editor of A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City

I am on the Steering Committee of the Center for Environmental Justice at Colorado State University.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor, Colorado State University
  • 2014–2020
    Assistant Professor, Colorado State University


  • 2014 
    University of Florida, PhD