Research interests focus on Latino/a migration in the United States, food security, sustainable food systems, and food movements.
Teresa Mares is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and is affiliated with the Transdisciplinary Research Initiative in Food Systems. She received her B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Anthropology and Foreign Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Spanish from Colorado State University (2002), and her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She also completed a graduate certificate in Women Studies at the University of Washington.
Dr. Mares’ research focuses on the intersection of food and migration studies, and she is particularly interested in the ways that the diets and foodways of Latino/a immigrants change as a result of migration. Analytically, Dr. Mares engages with theories and concepts of citizenship and transnationalism, identity and foodways, and contemporary social movements. She is committed to applied, community-based ethnographic methodologies and is currently studying food access and food security among Latino/a dairy workers in Vermont.
Recent publications include, "Another Time of Hunger" in the edited volume Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity "Engaging Latino Immigrants in Seattle Food Activism" in the edited volume Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy “Here We Have the Food Bank”: Latino/a Immigration and the Contradictions of Emergency Food” in Food and Foodways; “Tracing Immigrant Identity Through the Plate and the Palate” in Latino Studies; and “Mapping the Food Movement: Addressing Inequality and Neoliberalism” (co-written with Alison Alkon) in Environment and Society: Advances in Research.”