I am interested in the role of informal economies such as farmers' markets, ethnic economies, and community gardens within the context of the broader national economy. Currently, I am conducting survey research across the State of Wisconsin in order to begin to develop a sustainability index for farmers markets. While research has focused on the history, economics, and consumption patterns of farmers markets, questions related to the sustainability quotient of these informal economies have not been addressed. In tandem with this research, I am enumerating customer motivations for shopping at farmers markets in order to recommend strategies for increasing consumer spending. In addition, I am conducting research on the effects of gardening and volunteering on individuals' health as part of a broader research project on anti-angiogenic foods being sponsored by NuGenesis Farm and UW-Waukesha.
I teach courses in General and Cultural Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Food and Culture, Multicultural Learning through Study and Service, and Cultures of the World.
N.d. Shopping on Main Street: A model of a community-based food economy. In Sustainability as Myth and Practice in the City. M. Checker, C. Isenhour, and G. McDonough, (eds.). New Directions in Sustainability, Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)
2011 Farmers Markets in the Post-Industrial City. City and Society 23(2):154-172. 2005 Gandhi Marg: The Social Construction and Production of an Ethnic Economy in Chicago. City and Society XVII(2):161-179.
2005 Introduction to theme issue, “Revisiting ‘The City’: The Social Production of Urban Space in Chicago.” City and SocietyXVII(2):157-160.
2005 Review of Newcomers to Old Towns: Suburbanization of the Heartland. Sonya Salamon. Sociological Imagination 41(1):71-74.
2004 Preliminary Report of a Photographic Survey of an Asian Indian Ethnic Economy in Chicago. Critical Mass (6):6-10. University of Wisconsin Colleges’ Anthropology/Sociology Newsletter. 2003 The Commodification of Ethnicity in an Asian Indian Economy in Chicago. City and Society XV(2):195-223.
Ph.D. Anthropology 2001 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Anthropology
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies 2001 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for Women’s Studies
Research and Teaching Interests
Ethnic communities and labor markets in the United States