Research Interests

Critical Food Studies

I am interested in bringing culturally attentive theories of valuation to the exploration of what might be called an ‘everyday politics of food and drink.’  In recent years, I have extensively researched the American brewing industry, examining the relationships between the economic valuation of beer and a range of cultural phenomena, including: industrial histories as they pertain to race, class, and gender relations; discourses evoking ‘sustainability’ and ‘the local’; subcultural politics; entrepreneurship; the logics of new mediation; and affect and sensation.

My current work investigates the cultural economies of ‘good food’ movements in U.S. cities, exploring what conditions of possibility have produced the profound disjuncture between the shape and efficacy of food justice activism centered in urban geographies and that centered in rural/suburban geographies.

Media and Culture