Kara Young is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She will be joining the faculty at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the fall. She studies and writes about food choice, health and inequality, social stratification, and racial disparities.
Kara's dissertation, Eating Aspirations, Eating Abjections: How Race, Class, and Place Impact Food Consumption Practices in Two Neighborhoods of Oakland, California, examines how inequalities of race, class, and food access shape people's daily food consumption practices and food related health aspirations. 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 options available around them, how they organize their practices within the set of choices available to them, and how they feel about themselves as they succeed and fail at approximating their health and eating aspirations from day-to-day.
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.
During her time at UC Berkeley, she served as a graduate fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change, an organizer and graduate fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute on a project called Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley, and graduate student in residence at the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.
She received her BA in sociology from Brown University and an MA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Watch Kara moderate the Berkeley Food Institute's panel "Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley."
Photo courtesy of Bethanie Hines Photography