Food is an essential part of the identity and culture of Southern Arizona. This panel will explore the intersection of food and culture in the region, in the context of Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
While the food system often replicates structural and economic injustices across underserved communities, this panel will highlight an emerging project in Tucson between the Center for Regional Food Studies and the Dunbar Project to create a community-based health and wellness program.
Dr. Carney is a sociocultural and critical medical anthropologist with research and teaching specializations in transnational and gendered migration, food and food systems, immigration policy, and health inequality. She conducts the bulk of her research in the western United States with Latinx, Mexican, and Central American communities and in Italy with a particular focus on migration in the Mediterranean. Some of her most recent work has examined migrant solidarity networks in Sicily, the social organization of labor within the Pacific Northwest hops industry, critical perspectives on the human microbiome, and approaches to community health among diasporic populations in the American Southwest. At the University of Arizona, she teaches courses on: food and migration; the anthropology of food, fermentation, and microbes; ethnographic research methods; and migrant health in the Americas and the Mediterranean. She has published in many peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Gastronomica, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Food and Foodways, Food, Culture, and Society, International Migration, among others.