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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Anthropology of Food » Food Studies PhD Concentration

The Food Studies concentration is organized so that each student will draw on the diversity of knowledge of all anthropological subfields, while pursuing specialized training in one of the four traditional subfields.

Subfield and Inside Minor
Depending on the specific interests of the student, his/her field or major will be Archaeology, Social/Cultural, Linguistics, or Bioanthropology, with the Anthropology of Food constituting an inside minor.

Advisory Committee
As required by their subfield, no later than the second year the student is responsible for establishing an Advisory Committee and meeting with its members. The Advisory Committee will include at least one member of the Anthropology of Food faculty. As required by the graduate college, an outside minor will be selected, in consultation with the advisory committee, preferably during the first year.

Course Requirements

  1. Core Courses
    • ANTH E621 Food and Culture
    • ANTH B545 Nutritional Anthropology
  2. A minimum of 3 courses in the Anthropology of Food, one of which must be a methods course.
  3. The outside minor should be chosen in consultation with the student’s Advisory Committee, to complement the Food Studies concentration.
  4. Qualifying Examination
  5. The Ph.D. qualifying examination will follow the format of the subfield in which the student is enrolled. It is expected that in addition to the examination sections required for the anthropology degree, the examination also will include a section covering Food Studies. The format of the exam will be approved in advance by the committee.

Research Proposal and Research Committee
As soon as it is practical after admission to Ph.D. candidacy, potential members of the research committee will be identified, and the candidate will offer a detailed research proposal to that group. Only after thorough discussion of the proposal, and general agreement, will the research committee be formally appointed. Please see the departmental guidelines for all four major subfields on research committees in this Guide and the University Graduate School Bulletin for the university requirements on research committees. In addition to these requirements, please note that the research committee for students in the Food Studies concentration will, minimally, be composed of a chair, two additional faculty representing the major subfield and the inside minor subfield, and a representative of the outside minor department.

Graduate Courses in Anthropology:

  • A506: Anthropological Statistics
  • B512: Evolutionary Medicine
  • B545: Nutritional Anthropology
  • E520: Problems in Economic Anthropology
  • E527: Environmental Anthropology
  • E606: Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • E618: Global Consumer Culture
  • E621: Food and Culture
  • E690: Development and Anthropology
  • P425: Zooarchaeology I
  • P575: Food in the Ancient World

Courses in other Departments:

  • SPH E680 Nutritional Epidemiology
  • SPH N520 Food Chemistry
  • SPH N530 Advanced Human Nutrition
  • SPH N532 Advanced Human Nutrition II
  • SPH N536 Community Nutrition
  • GEOG G578 Gobal Change, Food and Farming Systems
  • Other courses can count toward the Food Studies inside minor with approval of the Advisor.

Core Faculty:

Eduardo Brondizio Sociocultural Anthropology
Della Cook Bioanthropology
Brian Gilley Sociocultural Anthropology
Kevin Hunt Bioanthropology
Frederika Kaestle Bioanthropology
Stacie King Archaeology
Sarah Phillips Sociocultural Anthropology
Anne Pyburn Archaeology
Jennifer Robinson Sociocultural Anthropology
Anya Royce Sociocultural Anthropology
Laura Scheiber Archaeology
Jeanne Sept Archaeology
April Sievert Archaeology
Michael Wasserman Bioanthropology
Andrea Wiley Bioanthropology

Faculty from other departments:

David Allison SPH
Christine Barbour Political Science
Andrea Chomisteck SPH
James Farmer SPH
Ka He SPH
Rebecca Spang History
Alyce Fly SPH
Diane Henshel SPEA
Vivian Nun Halloran English
Dan Knudsen Geography
Heather Reynolds Biology
Pravina Shukla Folklore
Peter Todd Cognitive Science