Food Studies At IU

The study of food facilitates--and necessitates--collaborative research efforts across all disciplines with different methodological and epistemological approaches. It unites the micro and the macro, the personal and the institutional, the biological and the social. While food is related to almost every aspect of human life, our research has focused on three interrelated areas:

(1) the food environment, including the conditions of food production, marketing, and access, and the institutions and regulations involved in food security and safety;

(2) the cognitive decision-making processes that humans employ in choosing foods and the cultural, consumer, and evolutionary contexts for these cognitive processes;

(3) the effects of those choices on human biology and their correspondence to evolved dietary requirements. We pursue a program of theoretical, methodological, and analytical training in these intersecting domains, drawing on the expertise of faculty throughout the IUB campus, along with connections to other universities and national and international research institutes and industries, to create a cutting-edge locus for interdisciplinary food studies training.