Biographical Statement


Carole M. Counihan, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology

Carole Counihan is professor of anthropology at Millersville University, one of fourteen universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She has a BA in history from Stanford University cum laude and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has been active in anthropology, gender, and food studies for over two decades and has conducted ethnographic research in Sardinia and Florence, as well as in the United States.

Carole Counihan is author of Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence (Routledge 2004). Based on food-centered life histories with twenty-three Florentines, this book offers a portrait of Florence across the twentieth century by describing changes in the beliefs and behaviors surrounding food. Counihan is also author of The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning and Power (Routledge 1999), a collection of essays on the ways that making, eating, and thinking about food reveal culturally determined gender-power relations in diverse societies. She is editor of Food in the USA: A Reader (Routledge, 2002) and, with Penny Van Esterik, of the second edition of Food and Culture: A Reader. With her husband, anthropologist Jim Taggart, Counihan conducted a long-term life history project on food and gender identity in the Mexicano town of Antonito in Colorado's San Luis Valley. She received a 2005-2006 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to complete her book based on this research, A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (University of Texas Press, 2009). Her newest research project is on food activism in Italian chapters of the Slow Food movement.

Carole Counihan is editor-in-chief of the scholarly, interdisciplinary, international journal Food and Foodways.

At Millersville University, Dr. Counihan teaches in Women's and Latino Studies as well as in anthropology. Her courses include Food and Culture, World Hunger, Ethnographic Methods, Latino Culture through Film, Male/Female, Latino Cultures in the US, and Gender, Race, and Class. She teaches short courses on food anthropology as a visiting professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences Masters Program in Colorno (Parma), Italy.


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