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Michaela DeSoucey

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1911 Bldg 326

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

Research Publications

Michaela DeSoucey and Miranda Waggoner. 2022. “Another Person’s Peril: Peanut Allergy, Risk Perceptions, and Responsible Sociality.” American Sociological Review. Onlinefirst.

Jennifer Woolley, Jo-Ellen Pozner, and Michaela DeSoucey. 2021. “Raising the Bar: Values-Driven Niche Creation in U.S. Bean-To-Bar Chocolate.” Strategy Science. Onlinefirst.

Jo-Ellen Pozner, Michaela DeSoucey, J. Cameron Verhaal, and Katarina Sikavica. 2021. “Watered Down: Market Growth, Authenticity, and Evaluation in Craft Beer.” Organization Studies. Onlinefirst.

Michaela DeSoucey, Michael Elliott, and Vaughn Schmutz. 2019. “Rationalized Authenticity and the Transnational Spread of Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Poetics 75 (101332).

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


B.A. Sociology and Anthropology Swarthmore College 2000

M.A. Sociology Northwestern University 2004

Ph.D. Sociology Northwestern University 2010

Area(s) of Expertise

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