Michaela DeSoucey

Associate Professor

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Teaching and Research Interests

Culture; Food; Consumer Markets and Politics; Organizational Theory; Identity Movements; Globalization/Localization; Qualitative Methodologies


My research and teaching has centered on how relationships among markets, social movements, and state systems shape the cultural and moral politics of food


Michaela DeSoucey. Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food. Princeton University Press. Hardcover 2016, paperback 2018. 

Winner: 2017 ASA Sociology of Culture Section Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book

Winner: 2017 Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards, national winner in Culinary History

Winner: 2016 ASA Consumers & Consumption Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award


  • PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University, 2010
  • MA in Sociology from Northwestern University, 2004
  • BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College, 2000