Department of Anthropology
Southern Methodist University
Heroy Hall 453. Dallas, Texas.
I am a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the study of food, the body, the environment, risk, science & technology, the senses and political economy, with a regional interest in Japan..
My research looks at food safety after the Fukushima nuclear accident. I focus on how citizens handled new risks and scientific information about their food options. I argue that the aftermath of the nuclear accident precipitated a crisis of trust, and many citizen groups developed their own safety standards to screen food to stricter standards than the state. A book based on this research is currently under contract, and I have related publications on the topic.
I have also done research on the phenomenology of eating and the senses, focusing on wine. Together with Yuson Jung, I co-edited a special issue of the journal "Food and Foodways" on the intersection of eating and the senses.
Before coming to Southern Methodist University I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Institute and received my Ph.D. from the department of Anthropology at Harvard University,