James Babbitt, sociocultural anthropologist
James Babbitt conducts his research on how artificial insemination, animal genomics, and other technological interventions are changing the political economy of American agribusiness, the culture of dairy farming, and human-bovine interactions.
Bradley Jones, sociocultural anthropologist
Bradley M. Jones explores alternative agriculture, environmental social movements, solidarity economies, and neo-agrarianism in the United States, with a particular interest in young and beginning farmers. His research, reviews, and encyclopedia entries have appeared in CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Culture; Food, Culture, and Society; Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture; Culture and Agriculture; and Gastronomica; among others. Brad is the founding editor of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies and the current President of the Graduate Association for Food Studies.
Ximena Lemoine, archaeologist
Ximena Lemoine is a zooarchaeologist interested in the human interaction with and manipulation of animal populations and, especially, how the creation and maintenance of the human niche--in both ecological and social terms--is related to the domestication of animals. Currently, her research is centered on how the earliest sedentary humans in Neolithic China acquired pig resources prior to the animal's domestication. By combining research on modern wild boar ecology with archaeological evidence from pig mortality profiles, isotopic analysis to determine diet, as well as evidence of pathologies, she examines how these acquisition strategies changed through time, as well as how different ecological and cultural contexts might have constrained, encouraged, or shaped the transition to food production in its many diverse forms.
Yi-Ling Lin, archaeologist
Yi-Ling Lin is interested in craft production, human animal relations and humans' impacts on environments during the Early Bronze Age China. Her current projects are focusing on 1) bone tool crafting of late Shang period and 2) human diet of the northern China.
Natalie Mueller, archaeologist
Natalie Mueller an archaeologist who studies the origins of food production. Her research is focused on several local "lost crops," plants that were cultivated by Indigenous people in Eastern North America for thousands of years, but which have been forgotten. She is interested in domestication as a process of co-evolution between people, plants, and animals and in the creation and spread of agricultural knowledge systems.
Mana Hayashi Tang, archaeologist
Mana Hayashi Tang is interested in how human beings perceive and interact with plant life. Building on foundations in biogeochemistry, ecology, and prehistoric East Asian archaeology, her primary research focus is on plant foraging, cultivation, and processing practices in late Pleistocene to early Holocene South China. Mana has published on the impact of nitrogen fertilizer use to forest ecosystems in the northeastern United States, and prehistoric bark cloth and jade traditions in East Asia.
Colleen Walsh Lang, sociocultural anthropologist
Colleen Walsh Lang's research on children living with HIV in Uganda, also revealed that food was an important topic for the children. Her research on food explores children's vs. staff's attitudes towards and concepts of food, children's strategies of food refusal, and the use of technological foods (such as ready-to-use-therapeutic-food, RUTF) in non-target populations.