Biography

I am interested in inequality, culture, health, family, and the sociology of food. My research examines how parents across the socioeconomic spectrum decide what to feed their children at a time of heightened concern about what we eat. In particular, I examine how parents' food choices arise not just from their material circumstances, but also from their ideas about food, family, and childhood. I write about why healthy eating is more expensive than estimates suggest, why low-income parents have an unexpected economic incentive to cater to their children, how food becomes meaningful amidst poverty, and how parents evaluate the food choices of their peers and themselves. This work integrates insights from cultural sociology, public health, and behavioral economics, and will appear in a book entitled Taste and Necessity: Feeding the Next Generation in an Unequal America.

 

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