I am a recent graduate of the PhD program in Sociology at the University of Toronto and an incoming Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph. I study how social inequalities shape food and the practices surrounding it such as cooking, eating, and shopping. Because food lies at the heart of social life, it is a particularly useful object of sociological study. Food is at once everyday and mundane, yet also intensely emotional, embodied, symbolic, and political. I therefore see food as a deeply grounded, material lens for considering how and why we use taste to create bonds and preserve boundaries among those around us.
My dissertation, entitled, Domestic Foodwork in Value and Practice: A Study of Food, Inequality and Health in Family Life, explores the topic of home-cooked family meals – the cultural ideals and expectations around them, as well as how they are navigated by parents in their daily lives. I study the relationships between discourses and practices surrounding family foodwork to understand how they both reflect and shape inequalities in a variety of realms including: gendered labour, health outcomes, economic disparities, and consumer politics. Read more about my dissertation here.
In addition to my dissertation, I am involved in a variety of projects investigating how diverse men and women negotiate various aspects contemporary food culture such as meat consumption, foodie culture, the food blogosphere, body image, and the domestic division of labour. I am passionate about how food simultaneously connects and differentiates us from those around us.
Research & Teaching Areas: sociology of food; consumption and consumer culture; sociology of gender; sociology of health; immigration and diaspora; environmental sociology; qualitative and quantitative research methods.
You can take a look at my CV here.