Visiting Scholars

Joeva Rock

Joeva Rock is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University Steinhart School.

Her research uses ethnographic methods to explore the intersections of development, political ecology and food security in Ghana. Her work has been featured in Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment; Global Bioethics; Africa is a Country; The Nation; Foreign Policy in Focus; and The Koketso Sachane Show (South Africa).

Joeva holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology from American University and a BA in International Studies from the University of California-San Diego.




Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris is a 2014-15 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice.  He is board certified in Public Health Medicine through the UK Faculty of Public Health and is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Imperial College London. He has extensive experience in global health and has formerly held positions as a Global Health Adviser to the UK Department of Health (20012-14) as a WHO Consultant in Ethiopia (2004), as a HIV Technical Adviser in Mozambique (2005) and as a Family Physician in Brazil (1999-2003).  His research interests are in the area of Reverse Innovation – how High Income Countries can adopt innovations from Low Income Countries.  He has also published over 30 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the BMJ, PLOS One, Public Administration and Development, Administration and Society, and the International Journal of Integrated Care.  These cover a number of research areas including integrated care, primary care access, multi-disciplinary communication and strategic planning in non-profit organizations.  Matthew is an Associate Editor for BMC Family Practice and the International Journal of Integrated Care.  He holds a DPhil in Public Health from Oxford University, an MSc in Pubic Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (awarded with Distinction) and an MBBS from University College London. 

Dafna Hirsh

Dafna Hirsch is a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel, where she is affiliated with the Master's Program in Cultural Studies. Her studies focus on the culture of everyday life in Mandate Palestine and Israel from a historical perspective. She has published various articles in English and in Hebrew on hygiene education and culture building in the Jewish society of Mandate Palestine (her book on this topic is forthcoming in Hebrew). Her current research project focuses on the history of hummus consumption among Jews in Mandate Palestine and Israel, up to its present elevation to the status of a 'culinary cult.' She is particularly interested in investigating the intricate relationship between political and social transformations and changes in food consumption.

Cecilia Leong-Salobir

Cecilia Leong-Salobir is Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong, Australia. She is the author of Food Culture in Colonial Asia: A taste of empire, Routledge, 2011. Prior to her present position she ran the Centre for Western Australian History as Coordinator at the University of Western Australia. While there she co-edited ‘Western Australia in the Indian Ocean World’, in Studies in Western Australian History, Vol. 28, 2013. Her forthcoming publications are on thecolonial kitchen in Malaysia and Singapore (2015) and using cookbooks and colonial memoirs as historical texts (2014). Cecilia is a member of the editorial advisory board for the journal Global Food History. Her current postdoctoral project is on the food history of Australia and Singapore, 1900-1965.


Stacy Williams

Stacy J. Williams is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a visiting scholar at NYU's Food Studies program. Her research examines how feminists have written about cooking. She studies cookbooks and articles about cooking written by suffragists, temperance women, liberal second-wave feminists, and radical second-wave feminists. She investigates how the personal became political as these feminists infused their political ideas into their cooking. 


Mattias Ekstedt

During the fall semester of 2013 Mattias Ekstedt was a visiting scholar at the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. He is a physician specialized in gastroenterology and hepatology working at the University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden. He was awarded a STINT fellowhip by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education as part of their program “Excellence in Teaching."  Mattias Ekstedt has had a long standing commitment to the medical program at Linköping University and is Chair of the theme group responsible for teaching gastroenterology, nutrition, and metabolism. The medical school at Linköping University has a fully integrated curriculum with problem based learning. Mattias Ekstedt is interested in different ways to enhance learning through student centered teaching. In research Mattias Ekstedt has focused on long-term prognosis of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and defended his thesis “Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – A histopathological study” in 2008. In Sweden, his time is equally shared between patient care, teaching, and clinical research all focusing on clinical aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology.


Safania Normann Eriksen

Safania Normann Eriksen is a doctoral fellow in the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, Denmark. Safania was a visiting scholar in the Food Studies program. Her research interests lie in the intersection of local food and small rural businesses. Her main research fields are: Food studies, Experience Economy and Innovation. Safania is currently investigating how local food is developing in Denmark. Her dissertation is part of “Green Regional Food Experiences” a large research-based food project in Denmark.


Julia S. Guivant

Julia S. Guivant is professor at the Dept. of Sociology and Political Science, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She is researcher of the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq)  and Director of the Institute of RIsk and Sustainability. Also she is member of the editorial board of many academic journals and lead faculty of the Earth System Governance Project from the (IHDP). Among her recent publications is the book New Food Practices in the Global Markets (in Portuguese) together with articles and other books organized in the areas of environmental sociology, social studies of science and food studies (from production to consumption).  Currently she is researching GMOs and the new phases of the controversy in a comparative study among Brazil, México and India in a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation and coordinated by a team from Durham University (UK). Another research she is involved in is Cosmo-climate, coordinated by Dr. Urlich Beck, funded by the European Research Council. Dr. Guivant was President of the Brazilian Association of Research in Environment and Society (2008-2010) and vice-president of the board of the RC 24 Committee in Environment and Society (International Sociological Association).

Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a rural sociologist whose work links food systems, community development, natural resource governance, and property rights.  He has conducted research in Vermont, Norway, and the Scottish highlands and islands.  Hoffman received his MS and PhD from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship at UC Santa Cruz.  His research focuses on the problems of collective action inherent in maintaining the non-commodity benefits of sustainable agriculture.  He was a visiting scholar in the Food Studies Program until January 2014.