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Teresa Mares, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Teresa Mares

Teresa Mares is an Associate 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 borders, 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. Based on this research, she is writing a book entitled The Other Border: Sustaining Farmworkers in the Dairy Industry,” under contract with University of California Press.

Recent publications include, “Eating Far From Home: Latino/a Workers and Food Access in Rural Vermont,” (co-written with Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland and Jessie Mazar) forthcoming in Food Across Borders: Production, Consumption, and Boundary Crossing in North America, “Navigating Diverse Relationships to Local Food in a Supposedly Homogenous Place,” forthcoming in Food and Foodways, “Workplace Democracy and Civic Engagement in Vermont Food Cooperatives,” (co-written with Cecile Reuge) in Working USA, The Journal of Labor and Society, and "Another Time of Hunger" in the edited volume Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity.

Scott Van Keuren, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Scott Van Keuren

Scott Van Keuren, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, received his B.A. in Art History and B.S. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Prior to his appointment at UVM, he was Curator of North American Archaeology and Head of Archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and taught courses at the University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech).

Dr. Van Keuren is a North American archaeologist who specializes in the study of ancient cultures of the US Southwest and the analysis of pottery decoration and technology. His current work examines the economic and political organization of Ancestral Pueblo (or "Anasazi") societies near the end of the pre-Hispanic period. He is also writing a book on ceremony in the ancient Southwest.

His interests include materiality, ritual and religion, community archaeology, the preservation and stewardship of archaeological sites, and museum studies. He regularly teaches “Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology” and a range of special-topic courses.