- 2013 Master of Science in Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
- 2006 Master of Arts / Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Boston University
My work places plant-based eating practices – especially the abstention from meat – in social context.
The first part of my dissertation examines the consequences of plant-based diets for population health in a country with a long tradition of vegetarianism – India, where one in three people follow a lacto-vegetarian diet.
The second part examines vegetarianism in a country with a long tradition of beef – Argentina, where the asado (≈barbeque) forms part of the national identity. I lead the project Pathways to and Social Networks of Vegetarians, which uses respondent-driven sampling to reach the small but growing population of vegans, vegetarians, and their romantic partners in a mid-sized city. I am especially interested in the connections between gender and diet, and the ways that food choices are shaped by the people in our lives.