Scholarly Interests and Publications

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA.  My research centers on everyday household food consumption practices.  I am currently working on a project  in Eastern Cuba and developing a project in Los Angeles.  I am originally from Wisconsin, and before moving to LA I lived in Texas and Boston.  I have studied or worked on food related projects in the Philippines, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Chile, and the United States.

Check out my recent article on food issues in eastern Cuba here and a Newsletter piece on how my work relates to gender and mothering.


2013 Food and Identity in the Caribbean. Hanna Garth, Ed. London: Berg Publishers Food Series.

Articles and Chapters:
Disconnecting the Mind and Essentialized Fare: Identity, Consumption, and Mental Distress in Santiago de Cuba In In Sickness and in Health: Encountering Wellness in Cuba and the  United States Nancy Burke, Ed. University of California Press Medical Humanities Series, 2013

Understanding Food Acquisition under Cuba’s Changing Food System, Association of Black Anthropologists Anthropology News Section, 2012

Things Became Scarce: Food Availability and Accessibility in Santiago de Cuba Then and Now (Reprint), In Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World. Carole Counihan and Psyche Williams-Forson, Eds., New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2011

Cuban Food In Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, Ken Albala, Ed. ABC-CLIO/GreenwoodPress, 2011.

Review of “Social Bodies” Helen Lambert and Maryon McDonald, Eds. in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Volume 25, Issue 2, June 2011.

Review of “Culinary Art and Anthropology” in Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of, Volume 18, Issue 4, 261, December 2010.

COSWA in the New Millennium: Expanding Our Goals to Meet Member Needs, Anthropology News, September 2010.

Lost and Delirious: Negotiations of the Self in the Graduate Application Process in Anthropology. Michigan Discussions in Anthropology, Spring 2010.

Things Became Scarce: Food Availability and Accessibility in Santiago de Cuba Then and Now. NAPA Bulletin 34:178-182. 2009.


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