My research focuses on the sociological drivers and outcomes of contentious food politics, focusing on how social inequalities intersect with the food system, and the simultaneous ways in which social movements use food to resist and alter power relations. I am particularly interested in urban food systems, the complexity of food movement organizing, networked coalition development processes, and the tensions inherent in trying to create food system change amidst the urban pressures of mass incarceration, gentrification, racial stratification, and neoliberalization. Underlying these interests is an ongoing engagement with how activists and scholars articulate and practice food justice and what this means for building broad based social movements that strive to redirect our institutions to serve the interests of subordinated groups.
In short, I study various intersections between the environment, food and agriculture, and social movements. While food is my focus, it helps me to address a broad range of sociological questions around social change, political economy, urban development, race and class relations, human/nature relations, and power.
I teach courses on the sociology of food and agriculture, food justice, social movements, and social problems.