Kara Young is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests lie in the fields of health and inequality, the sociology of food, race, gender, and social theory.
Her dissertation, Gut Feelings: The Emotions of Food Inequality, examines how inequality shapes patterns of food consumption by exploring the relationship between emotions, place, and practice in the day-to-day act of finding and eating food. Through in-depth interviews and extended observations in a neighborhood with a variety of grocery stores close by and a neighborhood with none, Kara examines the meanings that people attach to the food and food spaces around them, how they organize their practices within the set of choices available to them, and how they feel about themselves as they move through these spaces and practices.
Kara has received several honors for her research and teaching. These include the Lowenthal Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award and Blumer Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.
She received her BA in sociology with honors from Brown University and an MA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a graduate student in residence at the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine and serves as a graduate fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute on a project called Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley.
In October, Kara moderated an expert panel called "Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley" as part of the Berkeley Food Institute's equity initiative. You can watch the video here.
Photo courtesy of Bethanie Hines Photography