Food Studies Alumni Profiles
Anna Seecharan (MA Anthropology of Food 2018) balanced a career in higher education with many and varied food projects, including training as a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Mexico City, prior to joining the MA Anthropology of Food programme. Her MA dissertation focused on anosmia (the lack or loss of sense of smell) and its impact on food, identity and belonging, and she continues to work with Fifth Sense – a charity for people affected by smell and taste disorders - in supporting anosmics and developing alternative ways of appreciating and enjoying eating experiences. In 2020 she will begin an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Exeter in order to expand her research into the role of sensory perception in the creation of food identities.
Juliet Tempest (MA Anthropology of Food 2019) began a fully-funded PhD program in Anthropology (Culture and Society) at Stanford University in September 2020. Her doctoral research on meat consumption/production in Mainland China will build upon her master's dissertation at SOAS, which pertained to the diet and health strategies of Chinese seniors participating in a US farmers market incentive program. Versions of this paper earned runner-up for EASA's Postgraduate Student Paper Award in Anthropology of Food and were presented at EuroSEAS and American Anthropological Association conferences in 2019. Juliet had previously worked two years in Yunnan and Guangzhou after receiving her undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2013. She then spent two years as Research and Editorial Assistant at the US-China Policy Foundation in Washington, DC, while teaching and volunteering with local food NGOs.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2017) has been based in Rome since 2018, initially as a Research Fellow for a Bioversity International nutrition project promoting indigenous food sources in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. In 2020, as Bioversity formed an Alliance with CIAT (another centre within the CGIAR international agricultural research network), Eliot joined the organization's communications team to collaborate with scientists on digital content development and other publications. He has co-authored/edited several articles and a book on how local food biodiversity can be leveraged to improve human health and ecosystem services.
While and shortly after writing his SOAS dissertation (exploring the relationship between British-Chinese migration and perceptions of food as medicine), Eliot taught Chinese cooking across London on behalf of the Ming-Ai Institute.
binti Abd Wahid
(MA Anthropology of Food 2015) is from Malaysia and previously studied culinary arts management from UiTM Malaysia after completing a diploma in culinary arts at the same university. She is currently working as a research assistant at the Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Technology University of Malaysia (UTM), studying
(MA Anthropology of Food 2008) is currently a Principal Social Science Research Officer at the Food Standards Agency. Helen is also part of the Secretariat for the Social Science Research Committee (SSRC).
(MA Anthropology of Food 2016, anticipated) is based in London and Normandy. She works as a self-employed cooking teacher for Concord Institute (a non-profit holistic health education organisation) in London while completing her MA. She loves sharing the simple skills of cooking and gives private sessions too. She is currently working on a recipe and information booklet and devising new material for her courses. Her area of interest for her dissertation is peasant food and cooking in Normandy (Calvados) in the 1930’s. She has also a specific interest in farm-made raw milk butter.
Doreen Joy Barber
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) lives in London, working with food and alcohol, particularly beer, in a variety of capacities. Doreen is the Marketing, Communications and Events Manager for The Five Points Brewing Company, a brewery based in Hackney creating stunning examples of excellent beer. She is also the main person organising the London Brewers' Market, an every-so-often event featuring London's brewers running stalls at Old Spitalfields Market and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter at @londondear.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) lives in London and is the General Manager for Jumi Cheese Ltd. Jumi have been making cheeses in the Emmental Valley since 1896, carrying on the family tradition for five generations. Before studying at SOAS, Marcello worked as a Project Manager for Slow Food UK.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) is the Healthy Schools Officer at Gallions Primary School in London. In this role, she develops and delivers food programs to educate pupils (aged 4-12) on how to cook and eat healthily, including where food comes from and how it impacts our health and lives. Jolien is also the Co-founder of Meet and Two Veg, a project that targets social isolation by hosting
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is the founder of Fruitcycle, a social enterprise that makes delicious, healthy, locally sourced snacks primarily from fruit that would otherwise go to waste. Fruitcycle also focuses on providing jobs for women who have been formerly incarcerated, homeless, or are otherwise disadvantaged. Elizabeth previously worked as the Director of Communications and Outreach for the United States Healthful Food Council and studied Singaporean food on a Fulbright Fellowship. She would be happy to meet any graduate visiting DC.
Rachel (Adams) Bennett
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) works in sales at Ocean Beauty Seafoods, a large, vertically integrated seafood supplier based in Seattle with an international presence. Her job involves representing Ocean Beauty to a variety of accounts; fostering customer relationships; supporting the domestic sales team; and developing sales solutions for by-products and
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) lives in Karachi Pakistan. Her Master’s thesis was on the floods that ravaged Pakistan in 2010, a disaster that exposed the colonial philosophy behind the development of the Indus Basin and its lingering effects on the food security of the country. Alongside other farmers in the province of Sindh, she has begun planting old cultivars of wheat and rice, turning away from the more commonplace industrial hybrid seeds and working to cultivate local and organic produce. She continues her political activism and travels often around Pakistan speaking to dispossessed communities and working alongside them. Ghinwa is also
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is living in the Boston area, looking for a way to combine food, design, and technology, and in his search has increasingly observed the anthropological perspective as particularly important in serving the needs of society while developing commercially viable systems, products, and solutions. He is interested in the start-up/entrepreneurial sector and values the blend of large academic, creative, craft, professional, and technological enterprises in the area. He is also pursuing a separate project that investigates different ways to connect the broad food-focused community, to the end of fomenting collaboration and information sharing, and welcomes any thoughts and ideas.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) is completing a PhD at the University of Sheffield and the British Library on food policy and activism through oral histories. She has also used her research skills to contribute to work with the Soil Association and FoodTrade, as well as continuing to engage with work emerging from her MA dissertation on malnutrition and development in Guatemala. Putting her food knowledge and principles into practice, Lauren is currently in the process of co-founding and directing a new cafe/restaurant/bar in Bristol, La Latina.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) begins an ESRC funded PhD in autumn 2015 at Sheffield, where her focus is memory and food. Following the MA, Barley spent 3 months researching and writing in Venice before taking up the National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship at
Clare Bostock Wood
(MA Anthropology of Food 2015, anticipated) is in the second year of the
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) lives in London and works as the Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the Managing Director at Natoora. Natoora is a retailer and wholesaler of fine produce. They work directly with producers who prioritise flavour in their growing, bringing top quality fruit and vegetables to London’s top chefs, as well as home cooks. Victoria also writes a food blog, One Dish Closer, where she shares recipes, reviews and culinary travel experiences, as well as a little food anthropology. She has also written content for online and print newspapers and is a guest blogger for several sites, including Context Travel, where she works as a Docent leading gastronomic tours through London.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) currently works at Vauxhall City Farm as an education worker. She began there as a volunteer during her directed practical study and then continued in a permanent role after graduating. Her work includes taking children on farm tours and facilitating workshops which focus on the role of farms, growing food, and the development of outdoor play and nature exploration. She is currently looking into developing more food and growing related projects, particularly after working on an organic farm and a goat farm while WWOOFing in Argentina.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) lives in Dublin and works as a full-time Assistant Lecturer at the School of Culinary Arts and Food Studies in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). Aside from practical culinary modules, his primary subject is Wine Studies, where students learn all theoretical facets of oenology as well as
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) focused on community forestry, local knowledge and the epistemology of dietary choice while at the centre. Subsequent doctoral research explored indigenous social structures in Bolivia and how their capacity to link urban to rural shapes the development of food markets in growing cities. He currently works as a social auditor and ethical trade specialist within the food industry, developing tools to monitor and improve labour standards, with a regional interest in the UK, Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America. Paul’s interests include institutional ethnography, worker-driven social responsibility, models for organisation of flexible and migrant workforce, the implications of automation for the work environment, and corruption.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) has been writing and taking photographs to document her food adventures in Asia, especially in Taiwan. Most recently, she is pursuing a career that uses her passion for food and culture in Canada, with a focus on the access to fundamental foods for marginalized groups of people. Her main areas of interest are studying foods in
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is a Research and Special Projects Manager with Institute for the Future’s Food Futures Lab. Based in an area known for technology-driven innovation, Rebecca focuses on the human side of change. She connects local grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs, academics, chefs, and large food companies with research and resources to help them think creatively about the future of food—and ensure the decisions we make today consider long-term implications. Before exploring the world of food anthropology, Rebecca earned her certified public accountant license and studied the financial management capacity of developing countries with the World Bank. She also enjoys photography, and one of her pieces was selected for the 2012 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year exhibit in London.
(Associate Student, Anthropology of Food 2015) is currently finishing her thesis on the impact of the Second World War on the food practices of the British population, with a special focus on middle-classes. She works essentially on material from Mass Observation Archives, wartime diaries in particular. She is interested in tangible changes, such as the daily management of the family meals while facing food shortage and rationing, but also the perception of the wartime food situation by those affected by it and the factors influencing these habits and perceptions. Her research was primarily related to the war as
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) is doing doctoral research in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS under the supervision of Johan Pottier and Harry West. Jessica’s project explores rising interest in 'land grabs' and seeks to situate debates about this phenomenon within the anthropology of development, with a focus on implications for food security. In addition to 'land
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) is a President's Scholar in the School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) at Cardiff University, and will submit her thesis in December 2015. Her research uses sensory ethnography to study lived experiences of food poverty in Bristol (UK). Laura's research contributes to cultural geographies of visceral food relations, using innovative collaborative methods to interrupt and supplement public and scientific discourses around what it means to eat 'sensibly'. Laura co-convenes the food studies group at CPLAN, has been part of the organising committee of the Spaces of Attunement Symposium and presented her research at several international conferences. Before beginning her PhD, Laura worked for a number of organic and community food projects in the UK.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2015, anticipated) continues to work as a freelance cooking teacher, writer and consultant while completing her MA. She is currently working on several cookbooks, advising behind the scenes for BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet, and has started collaborating with other food anthropologists to bring more anthropology to her supper club, the Secret Kitchen. Anna is starting a part-time PhD at SOAS in September 2015, looking at food and tourism in Istria.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) lives in Philadelphia and works as a Community Strategy Manager for the tech start-up Farmigo, which strives to connect small farms to residents in their community and grow the local food economy. Heavily focused
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) works at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan. For the past two
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) is an Apprentice at Organiclea, a workers' cooperative growing food in
(completed BA Anthropology of Food module 2005) works as Senior Consultant at Zago in New York City. He mainly advises non-profits, foundations, and international organizations on strategic planning, communication campaigns, and branding- and identity-related issues. He frequently collaborates with several
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is pursuing her PhD in Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS. She has a particular interest in food politics and culture in Asia-Pacific and also works as an independent food researcher. Previously, she worked as a Transparency and Accountability Project Manager at ActionAid, a Research Associate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, to evaluate Walmart’s ‘Empowering Women Together’ initiative, and as a Project Research Associate at the University of Sheffield on a project on the oral history of Neal's Yard Dairy. She has also worked in the past for Amnesty International and other NGOs.
Federico de Musso
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is a PhD student in Anthropology at McGill University where he is researching issues in the
(MA Anthropology of Food 2008) is part of Sustain’s Capital Growth project, a campaign aimed to convert 2012 spaces in London into food growing areas that benefit the community, a goal which has been met and surpassed. In addition, she worked with Tristram Stuart and the Feeding 5000 team to coordinate an event to raise awareness about the issues of food waste. Following on from the success of Feeding 5K, Eloise became one of the founding members of A Taste of Freedom and is currently working on an educational event to raise awareness and tackle the issues of surplus food. This combination of experience working in London provides a well-rounded understanding of food sustainability in urban contexts.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is a chef educator and freelance food writer. She currently teaches school and community food workshops at the Huntington Library and
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013-2015) is a foodways consultant, researcher and curator. In 2014 she founded
(MA Anthropology of Development 2008, completed Anthropology of Food module) lives in Connecticut where she works at Newman’s Own Foundation. Faith supports the Foundation’s strategic grant-making process, including their Nutrition initiative which funds fresh food access and nutrition education programs for under-served communities in the United States. Before joining Newman’s Own Foundation, Faith worked at Save the Children where she managed a portfolio of nutrition, health and education grants for country offices in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Shrinagar “Indra” Francis
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) conducts independent research on heritage foods and slave crops in addition to her private-sector work. In the past, she was part of an
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010)
(MA Anthropology of Food 2016, anticipated) is pursuing her MA at SOAS. Her research interests include meat production and consumption, short food chains, and community food systems. She is currently working part-time at Sustain on the Urban Food Fortnight project, as part of Capital Growth's Growing Enterprise support, and has a keen professional interest in artisanal food production in London.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care at the University of Hertfordshire.
(completed BA Anthropology of Food module 2007) worked at a trade and human rights NGO (3D Three) in Geneva for two years, where her research focused on the effects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) on seeds, small farmers, rural livelihoods, and biodiversity. She was also involved in work on land grabbing. After completing
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) is pursuing a PhD at the University of Southampton. His research is investigating aquaponics as an urban farming solution using the theoretical resources of Science and Technology Studies (STS).
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) lives in Toronto, Canada and works with York Region Food Network, a non-profit organization that operates programs, raises awareness and promotes policy changes for increased access to affordable and nutritious food for all. In this role, Kate works with municipal and regional governments, farming and community organizations, local businesses, and residents to advance food system thinking in policy and program development. Kate also works with a vegetable and sprout farm in the Greater Toronto Area, managing the post-harvest process.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) works as a wine specialist for Waitrose and is pursuing advanced certification through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. In the past, she also interned at The Food Chain, a nutrition charity that provides meals to people living with HIV in London and on a mixed farm in Herts that seeks to bring together food, animals and people, and prides itself on diversity and high animal welfare standards.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) works for a small educational NGO in Addis
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) works in Beijing as a food writer and market coordinator for qdaily.com, a new media platform that produces news on commerce, technology, and lifestyle. She was reporter and editor for Great Chef magazine from 2013-2014, which is a professional magazine for chefs and people working in F&B industry in China. In the summer of 2014, she co-founded a
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) divides her time between Henley on Thames where she is writing cookery books based on the courses that she previously taught in her cookery school, and Scotland where she is involved in producing quality lamb, beef and venison meats on the West Coast. She remains a passionate cook and is interested in the potentials of food and the cooking of food to create shared experience and to forge bonds across divides and borders.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) I moved to the UK from Hong Kong in 2013 and was in the 2013-2014 MA in Anthropology of Food (full-time). At this time I was also teaching part-time at University of Brighton (Department of Hospitality Management). I worked freelance as food and wine writer, events organiser, and London culinary tour guide, until I took a full-time job in 2016 in the Wine Department at Plumpton College (Sussex, UK), teaching undergrads. In 2017 I was awarded a funding grant to go back into research and the result was the 2020 publication: The Making of Macau’s Fusion Cuisine: from family table to world stage (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press). This is my 14th book. I am now studying for my PhD (By Prior Publication) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on the theme of Macanese cuisine.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) works as a freelance food writer and cookery instructor specializing in Scandinavian food. Her first cookbook, 'Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking' (Saltyard Books), was published in 2011, and her second cookbook, 'Secrets of Scandinavian Baking', in 2012.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2015, anticipated) lives in London. In 2012, she founded the popup restaurant The Bream Team, which specializes in cooking interesting food in equally interesting spaces, having run dinners in every manner of space from a former car garage to a polytunnel, rooftop and the clock tower of St Pancras. The popup has also catered events for clients including Google, Pernod and Delia Smith. In 2015, she was part of Dan Doherty's Chefs of Tomorrow programme, highlighting young cooking talent in Britain. Previously, she worked at FutureGov in a variety of roles, including community manager of Casserole -- a community project to match those cooking with those who struggle to cook for themselves. Her current interest lies in collaborating across disciplines, using food as a conduit for social interactions, ideas and experiences. Past collaborations have included The Intimacy Lab as part of Hack the Barbican and Bitter/Sweet Frequencies sound/architecture dinner with Sto Werkstatt.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) is currently based in New York City and
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) works as a foreign rights literary agent for Holland & Scandinavia. She continues her personal interest in food by editing her great-great-grandmother's best-selling cookery book for a modern audience and collaborates with designers and innovators on food-related projects. She recently gave a short talk on artisan food to branding and R&D managers from a variety of large F&B multinationals, independent designers and food industry entrepreneurs. She also periodically updates her food blog:
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) lives in London and works for the Soil Association developing the Food for Life Catering Mark, an accreditation scheme for catering businesses interested in promoting healthy, ethical food. She runs Russian Revels pop-up dinners across London, which feature playful food combined with a story rooted in Russia and Soviet Union theatre. Katrina wrote her dissertation on the social and cultural role of Ukrainian salo (cured pork fat) and has written for various publications including Gastronomica, Olive, and Easyjet and continues to blog on The Gastronomical Me.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at Slow Food USA and most recently has been working on the Slow Meat campaign. Megan joined Slow Food USA in 2013 as Manager of Biodiversity Programs, before assuming her current role in 2014. Previously, she managed the Logan Square Farmers Market, one of the largest and most respected markets in the Midwest. She continues her research in association with the SOAS Food Studies Center and the Food and Heritage Research Network. She is a founding board member of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project and during a decade spent as a restaurant professional, she roasted coffee on the side of a volcano, baked pies, poured wine older than her parents, planted radishes on rooftops, and much more.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) works as a Development Chef for Greencore Group, based in Northamptonshire, England. His work centres on developing foods -- mainly from global cuisines, for the European market. His MA dissertation was entitled “No Flesh, No Gods; atheist-vegetarian worldviews, and the hegemony of meat.” In addition, he has begun efforts to publish anthropological perspectives on the subject of taste appropriation ‘as power’ within the New Product Development sector, and the FMCG market. Robert also pursues his interest
(completed BA Anthropology of Food module 2007) started three companies since completing his first degree at SOAS in Social Anthropology and Development Economics, including access
Catherine (McPherson) LeBlanc
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is the Assistant to the Director of the Secretariat for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. In addition, she works for Context Travel, leading food and gastronomy tours through London. She is currently working to develop a tour to highlight the rich cultural and social history of brewing in London, building off the fieldwork and research she conducted as part of the MA programme, as well as the knowledge she’s gained from working in American craft beer bars and breweries. She also hopes to create a countryside walk to highlight local beer, wine, and food producers in Surrey Hills and the surrounding areas.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is interested in the fields of economic and political anthropology with a strong link to
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) is conducting doctoral research at Montpellier CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development) and University of Catania, within the AgTraIn joint PhD programme, studying traditional knowledge and governance systems in origin-based food in France, Italy and Morocco. She loves everything related to food, from
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is a
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where she works for a company called Provins. Provins is a social entrepreneurship that uses catering as a tool to counteract economic and social exclusion among immigrant women by giving them an opportunity to establish themselves in the Swedish job market. Through
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) has used her food knowledge and contacts to take the River Cottage HQ country fetes and create a fantastic Food Fair featuring chefs, master classes, and foodie debates. She has started a business with her partner James selling billy goat meat (which would be a wasted by-product of the dairy industry) into restaurants and they are soon to launch into supermarkets. She also has her own goats (7 at present), grows vegetables, and is starting to make cheese (a long-standing ambition) from her own goats’ milk. She lives in Devon and recently had a baby.
(completed Anthropology of Food module 2010) completed doctoral research at SOAS, examining
Monica (Madey) Mylonas
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) worked as an intern of food studies at the British Library during her course. She is primarily interested in food and identity in its various forms. Her dissertation focused on deconstructing narratives of culinary tourism in modern ethnic cookbooks. Monica and her husband recently opened an artisanal coffee shop/bakery in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she also works as a high-school English teacher. She is on the board of the Southern Center for Agroecology, a non-profit organization supporting sustainable food networks and education in central Arkansas.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) lives in London and is interested in urban agriculture and education. During her masters, she began an apprenticeship at the Castle Garden to improve her food growing skills and learn about running and operating a community garden. She has since completed a Level 2 in Organic Horticulture at the food growing cooperative Organiclea and is now working with primary school children, teaching gardening, cooking and more widely, outdoor education. Following her dissertation about eating insects, she is also working on projects with children that promote diverse eating practices through foraging.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2017) is working as a trainee in the Communications and External Relations Department of the European Food Safety Authority in Parma, Italy. While completing her MA, Giulia presented a paper at the 2017 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, on the contested origins of a cake from Trieste. Giulia is also a contributing writer and editor for 'FCome', an Italian-English feminist blog.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) lives in Amsterdam and is Product Manager at
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) is currently a PhD researcher in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS, University of London. She is writing her dissertation on Greek traditional foods and markets, focusing on national identity, memory, terroir and heritage. She is also collecting oral histories in Athens, focusing on food and the economic crisis. Nafsika holds an MA in Anthropology of Food from
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) returned to London in January 2015 to assist in the opening of The Italian Job, the UK's first Italian craft beer pub. Since then Giacomo has been
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is a Communications Specialist with the Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD) Project, a USAID contract. Previously, Catie worked as Director of Communications and Outreach for Sprout Pencil. Since graduating from SOAS, Catie has consulted on several agricultural projects. Her dissertation, entitled "The Two Locals: Food, Agri(culture), and Identity in Central Wisconsin"
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) is currently working on her dissertation in order to complete her MA. Her dissertation will tentatively explore sustainable agriculture and whether changes in consumer-driven demand for trendy sustainable goods impact a farmer’s decision on what to plant or if seasonal crop selection is based on long-term farm survivability. As she finalizes her topic and research, she is also interning with the Bristol Food Policy Council, where she conducted her Directed Practical Study last year.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) lives in Indonesia and works as the Manager of a local NGO that supports
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) lives in San Francisco and is a student at Mills College in Oakland, where he is working toward a teaching credential in mathematics. His research and professional interests include food tourism, Chinese cuisine (especially dumplings), education, and cross-cultural experiential learning. He would be very happy to meet other graduates of the program if they come to San
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is conducting doctoral research in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS. Her research focuses on the social dynamics and transformative potential of consumer food co-ops in the UK. Celia also continues to work as a freelance food writer for Time Out and other publications. She recently won the 2015 Yan-kit So Memorial Award For Food Writers
(MA Anthropology of Food 2007) lives in Harrisburg, Virginia where her research, writing and teaching in Cultural Anthropology focuses on textiles, foods and culture, media communications, and cross-cultural perspectives. Phyllis teaches Human Geography with a food agriculture focus at James Madison University
(MA Anthropology of Food 2012) works as the Nutrition Policy & Advocacy Adviser for Save the Children UK. Prior to this role, he served as Coordinator for The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. The Global Panel is an independent group of influential experts with a commitment to tackling global challenges in food and nutrition security and is housed within the London International Development Centre. Francis has also held internships with Slow Food USA and Oxfam.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is currently completing a second M.A. in Applied Anthropology and Community Development at Goldsmiths College, using the theoretical insights gained from Anthropology of Food whilst working with community gardens. She is also involved in the Community Food Grower's Network, a grass-roots 'group of groups' supporting and networking those who are growing around London.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) lives in Sonoma, California and works for a small winery called Scribe. At Scribe, Emma assists the winemaking team, runs the staff education program and is working to set up a farmer’s market stand with the excess produce grown on the Scribe farm. In her spare time, Emma enjoys sampling all of the culinary goodies the Bay Area has to offer.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2010) lives in Washington, DC and completed a Master's degree in Communication at the University of Maryland, where she focused on rhetoric, social change, and food movements. She currently works for the Center for Food Safety, a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy group that challenges harmful food production technologies and promotes sustainable alternatives through litigation and policy work.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2014) is the Healthy Eating Project Coordinator at the Shoreditch Trust -- a charity that supports local Hackney residents to access essential food skills. Trishna is also a trained chef, and has worked in the restaurant industry-- as well as for Made in Hackney, a local food kitchen-- as a Cookery Course Host and Project Assistant.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) after completing the course worked for Riverford Organic, a cooperative of farmers in Devon that produces fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy which is then packaged as standard and customized boxes. She now works with a non-profit collective called Ethical Tea Partnership, a membership-based organization of 24 large and medium tea packing companies set up to improve working standards in the tea industry through monitoring, evaluation and fair trade practices. She is based in Mumbai and travels frequently to Assam, Darjeeling and the south of India where the tea is grown. Diya’s interests lie in fair and ethical trade, working on shortening food chains and working with small and marginal food producers.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2015, anticipated) is finishing her Master’s degree. She is also one of the founders of Morningside Community Café, a community kitchen aimed at promoting community, food sustainability, and healthy eating while celebrating food heritage. The menu changes daily, offering healthy meals and snacks created by a group of wonderful international migrant chefs, with the help of local residents.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2016, anticipated) lives in London and runs a concept lead catering company while pursuing his degree
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) is based in Cork, Ireland. Keelin is now doing a Masters by research, focusing on Ballymaloe Cookery School, its business model and local impact. She also works as a chef in a cooperative vegetarian restaurant. After completing her MA at SOAS, Keelin worked towards a certificate in professional cookery. In tandem with this, she worked as a commis chef in a
(MA Anthropology of Food 2013) currently lives in London and works for a new environmental charity, Hubbub, on a plethora of sustainable living projects across their food, fashion, home, neighbourhood, and sports hubs. The majority of her time is spent on their food and food waste campaigns (she has less to contribute to
(MA Anthropology of Food 2009) began her PhD in 2010 at the Institute of Social Anthropology at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her fieldwork in 2012 was conducted in Sarajevo where she studied the food consumption practices of the diplomatic community with a focus on elitism, distinction, nationalism, superiority and cultural imperialism. As a part of her PhD, she teaches a course on the "Anthropology of Food and Eating", which is the first of its kind in Slovakia. She also assisted on the courses "Introduction to Economic Anthropology" and "Ethnicity and Nationalism."
Constanze von Hartmann
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) lives currently in Munich, Germany. She works as
(MA Anthropology of Food 2011) works in the contemporary art world for an artist involved in public and private exhibitions. Ian is also involved in urban/periurban gardening initiatives through the organisation Food up Front. Ian splits his time between London and the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides.
(completed MA Food module 2010) holds a Master Degree in Development Studies and is completing a research degree in sociology and anthropology at SOAS. Her major research interests include food and foodways. The PhD projects
(MA Anthropology of Food) works as a research consultant at The Firelight Group, a research cooperative in Canada providing community-based research and technical support services for First Nations and other indigenous communities across Canada and beyond. In her work, she is able to apply social science and anthropology methods she acquired during her time at SOAS to complement her professional experience ranging from food security to working with indigenous communities on traditional land-use priorities and concerns. Kathleen works with First Nations clients to complete traditional knowledge and use studies, as well as socio-economic studies. Her work is still strongly aligned with assessing the social, cultural, ecological, and economic impacts resource extractive industries have on indigenous communities. Through the documentation of traditional knowledge, the studies Kathleen are involved in, help articulate indigenous and local knowledge in ways that make a difference in the environmental assessment process and to strengthen the communities internal capacities.
(MA Anthropology of Food 2015) is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at the Food Standards Agency working on the development of European food chain controls policy. Since graduating, Rob has also worked on Sustain's Campaign for Better Hospital Food and at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.