Program Director and Faculty
Faculty are drawn from academic departments throughout the university, and include food experts at other institutions and working food professionals.
Program Director: Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and author or editor of 22 books on food including Eating Right in the Renaissance, Food in Early Modern Europe, Cooking in Europe 1250-1650, The Banquet, Beans (winner of the 2008 IACP Jane Grigson Award), Pancake, and recently Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food and Nuts: A Global History. He was co-editor of the journal Food, Culture and Society and has also co-edited The Business of Food, Human Cuisine, Food and Faith and edited A Cultural History of Food: The Renaissance and The Routledge International Handbook to Food Studies. Albala was editor of the Food Cultures Around the World series, the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and is now series editor of Rowman and Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy for which he has written Three World Cuisines: Italian, Chinese, Mexican (winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards best foreign cuisine book in the world for 2012). He has also co-authored two cookbooks: The Lost Art of Real Cooking and The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home. His latest works are a Food History Reader: Primary Sources and a translation of the 16th century cookbook Livre fort excellent de cuysine. His 36 episode course Food: A Cultural Culinary History is available on DVD from the Great Courses company. Albala has also just finished editing a 3 volume encyclopedia on Food Issues which will be published in the summer of 2015.
Alison Alkon, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of the Pacific, who earned her PhD at UC Davis, is the author or editor of two books and numerous articles exploring environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainable food systems. Her co-edited volume, Cultivating Food Justice, is currently in its second printing from MIT Press and is quickly becoming the default text for undergraduate and graduate courses investigating how racial and economic inequalities affect food and agricultural systems. Her recently released monograph, Black White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy, focuses on two Bay Area Farmers Markets, one predominantly black and the other predominantly white, to better understand the cultural meanings that communities apply to and use to understand food and agriculture. Her articles on related topics have appeared in top social science journals including Antipode, Sociological Inquiry and City and Community. She is based in the Bay Area and has numerous connections to community-based organizations and think-tanks working on food and agricultural reform. Her book, Black White and Green, was recently the subject of a lengthy essay in the Huffington Post.
Analiese Richard, who earned her PhD at UC Berkeley, is an associate professor of anthropology and international studies at University of the Pacific. She is the author of several articles and book chapters examining the relationship between food politics and the environment in Latin America. Her essay on the food sovereignty movement in Mexico was recently published in Environment and Citizenship in Latin America by Berg/CEDLA. She has published journal articles on rural livelihoods in post-NAFTA politics in top anthropological journals such as the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society, Journal of Caribbean and Latin American Anthropology, and the Political and Legal Anthropological Review. In 2012, she was recognized for her teaching in the field of the anthropology of food by the journal Teaching Anthropology. Her book manuscript, "Cultivating Change: Rural Development and Democracy in Neo-Liberal Mexico," (currently under development for Stanford University Press) examines how the synergistic effects of North American integration, the privatization and corporatization of Mexican agriculture, and global climate change created new forms of political, economic, and social risk factors for farmers in the central state of Hidalgo, Mexico. A new long-term research program is underway to examine the role of scientists as activists in political struggles over the future of food in Mexico and India.