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Food Studies Theme

Food Studies

A Curricular Theme at Ohio University

About This Theme

"In the space of a few months, Food Studies has gone from the proverbial mustard seed to an actual living green shoot pushing up through the soil," says Dr. Theresa Moran, Visiting Assistant Professor of English.

Why study food?

"Food, its production, consumption and meaning, is of deep social, political, cultural and economic consequence. Food is at the heart of debates about globalization, science, technology, and social progress. The study of food is a growing area of scholarship that transcends disciplinary boundaries," Moran says.

"The rationale for the Food Studies theme is that food helps to create cultural, national and regional identity and as well as personal relationships. The curricular theme of food allows students to think critically about an aspect of their lives – simultaneously deeply personal, public, and political – to which they can readily relate. Of course, Ohio University is uniquely positioned to offer an unparalleled experience for students interested in the study of food and food systems. Athens, a community nationally recognized as a regional food system model, is the perfect setting for Food Studies, with internship and volunteer opportunities readily available in the community which will strengthen students' world-class educational experience," Moran adds.

Themes are being developed by faculty across departments. "The recent Food Studies Retreat, with 24 faculty from 11 Arts & Sciences departments and one other college participating, demonstrated that there is a critical mass of faculty already working in Food Studies and that a critical mass of courses exists to create a curricular theme," Moran says.

Contact Us

For more information on the Food Studies initiative, contact the Food Studies Project Leader, Theresa Moran at morant@ohio.edu.

Core Faculty

  • Theresa Moran (English)
  • Tim Anderson (Geography)
  • David Bell (Linguistics)
  • Bob Colvin (Biological Sciences)
  • Dominique Duvert (French)
  • Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo (Psychology)
  • Eric LeMay (English)
  • Brad Jokish (Geography)
  • Jackie Maxell (History)
  • Karen Mammone (Biological Sciences)
  • Stephanie Miller (Biological Sciences)
  • Ruth Palmer (Classics and World Religions)
  • Paul Patton (Anthropology)
  • Tom Smucker (Geography)

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