Food Studies

Description

Food studies is an emerging field of enormous importance, both intellectually, but also politically and in the current moment. Its practitioners work in private and public sectors and must often analyze data and administer programs that include social as well as scientific knowledge. Yet graduate students and faculty who work in this area emerge from discipline specific training that does not equip them for the holistic world in which they will work.

This graduate group tries to rectify that problem by creating a space of shared inquiry and training that orients researchers toward literatures, knowledge, and methodologies they would not otherwise encounter. We share interests in the new and also longstanding ways in which people try to produce and procure food, including conventional agriculture as well as more recent agro-ecological methods of farming, large-scale endeavors as well as smaller, household-based production, state-based policy initiatives as well as recent efforts for community-based food sovereignty. In a series of meetings, we educate ourselves and each other about the material and scientific bases of new food production methods, as well as the social and cultural contexts in which food production and consumption ultimately happens. We come from several departments and colleges and work in fields as wide-ranging as sociology, history, horticulture, and applied economics. Ultimately, we are energized by a shared belief that the urgency surrounding food and human need must be informed by broad visions of the political, social, and material contexts in which people get the food they need. Like scholars in food studies across the country, we ask what, precisely, is sustained in sustainable food.

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Leadership

The primary contact for this group is Tracey Deutsch (Department of History). 

Membership

Name

Department

Email

Renata Blumberg

Geography

blum0135@umn.edu

Valentine Cadieux

Sociology

cadieux@umn.edu

Demetri Debe

History

debex006@umn.edu

Tracey Deutsch

History

tdeutsch@umn.edu

Greg Donofrio

Architecture

donofrio0019@umn.edu

Aaron Eddens

American Studies

edden001@umn.edu

Lianna Farber

English

farbe004@umn.edu

Rachel Grewell

Sociology

grew0019@umn.edu

Emily Hoover

Horticultural Science

hoove001@umn.edu

Patrice Johnson

MLS/CCE

johns388@umn.edu

Nicholas Jordan

Agronomy and Plant Genetics

jorda020@umn.edu

Rob King

Applied Economics

rking@umn.edu

Mindy Kurzer

Food Science and Nutrition

mkurzer@umn.edu

Bernadette Perez

History

perez269@umn.edu

Andrew Petran

Horticultural Science

petra057@.umn.edu

Jeffrey Pilcher

History

pilcherj@.umn.edu

April Rose

Nutrition

rosex231@.umn.edu

Michele Schermann

Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

scher019@.umn.edu

Rachel Schurman

Sociology

schurman@.umn.edu

Cindy Tong

Horticultural Science

c-tong@.umn.edu

Heidi Zimmerman

Communication

zimme313@.umn.edu