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Research interests

My primary fields of research are the anthropology and sociology of food, nutrition, and agriculture. I have also dealt with various aspects of the globalization of food. My doctoral research, which continued throughout my postdocs as well, examined the social aspects of organic food in Israel. This research enabled me to ask questions about the relationship between food and identity, capitalism, and the relationship between society and the environment. I also dealt with the relationships between consumption, ethics, social movements, and attitudes toward the environment. My interest in the complex interplay between food and society led me – in additional research projects and various collaborations – to also look at issues related to political culture, material culture, authenticity, race, gender, class, and nationalism. 

In the last two years I have been involved in a new, innovative project – an ethnography of the microbiome, or the relationship between humans and microbes. I am presently working with a colleague at Haifa University on a joint research project examining the relationship between the science of the microbiome (what lives in our intestines), nutrition and  algorithmic culture (AI). 

External positions

University of California, Davis, Department of Sociology, Visiting Assistant Professor (Israel Institute Fellow)

20172020

Boston University, Metropolitan College, Lecturer

20162017

Tufts University, lecturer

20162017

Brandeis University, Department of Sociology, Post-doctoral Fellow

20152017

Tel-Aviv University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Post-doctoral Fellow

20142015

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