Dissertation research

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My dissertation, tentatively titled, “Red or Green? Race, Place , and Activism in New Mexican Foodways from Statehood to Climate Crisis” explores how food is used by the state and grassroots activists as a way to articulate their politics of place. Through the use of archival research and a first-hand oral history collection, my dissertation research investigates foodways as a site where state institutions and grassroots organizers construct racial and spatial meaning-making. I focus on agricultural research and policies from the state, and the history of one environmental and racial justice organization founded in 1980, called the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP).