Anne DeLessio-Parson

Anne DeLessio-Parson

PhD in Sociology & Demography

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. 2017 PhD in Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  2. 2013 Master of Science in Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
  3. 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.

Dissertation Chair(s):

Nancy Luke

Research Interests:

gender, sociology of food, population health, social networks, survey methodology