I believe that no education is neutral: it either reinforces or challenges the status quo. As a scholar of food, I make my goal of social change transparent and encourage students to participate and lead in change efforts. I put this goal of social change into action in three key ways: by providing students an environment to develop intellectually; by enabling students to become life-long learners; and through my own professional development. Underlying all of this is a focus on linking theory and practice. I teach a variety of courses in the new food studies program at Syracuse University. I strive to employ community-engaged teaching methodologies and work to get students out of the classroom as much as possible. My teaching has recently been recognized by two awards, including a 2015 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award and 2015 Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship, both from Syracuse University. The courses I current teach include:
FST 102: Contemporary Food Issues (syllabus)
Introduction to key issues of the contemporary food system. Explores various social, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of food production, distribution, and consumption with a focus on the United States.
FST 304: Farm to Fork (syllabus)
First-hand exploration of alternative food systems, including culinary theory and practice. Topics in contemporary food issues examined through systems perspective and practical applications. Includes field trips and cooking laboratory.
FST 402: Urban Food Systems (syllabus)
Urban Food Systems: Investigation of the relationship between food and cities, including the many ways food shapes urban sustainability, public health, community, and economic development. Additional topics include municipal food policies and urban planning for community-based food systems.
FST 702: Political Economy of Food (syllabus)
Classic and contemporary debates within the political economy of agriculture and food. Explores peasant economies, agrarian questions, the capitalist development of agriculture, neoliberalization, governance, and politics of consumption.