Teresa Mares is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Food Systems at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont (University of California Press, 2019) and is currently working on a co-authored book (with Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern), Will Work For Food: Labor Across the Food Chain. Her work has appeared in multiple edited volumes and journals including Agriculture and Human Values; Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development; and Food and Foodways. She is currently beginning a comparative ethnographic project examining the labor dimensions of the hemp industry and continues to work on applied research projects with Vermont’s farmworker community. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Gund Fellow, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
- Teresa Mares. Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019).
- Jessie Mazar and Teresa Mares, “Food is a Gift from the Earth: Food Sovereignty Among Migrant Farmworkers in Rural Vermont,” In Food Insecurity: A Matter of Justice, Sovereignty, and Survival eds. Tamar Mayar and Molly D. Anderson. (London: Routledge Press: 2020).
- Teresa Mares, “What a Stay-at-Home Order Means for Migrant Dairy Workers” Agriculture and Human Values 37(3) (2020): 585-586.
- Teresa Mares, Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, Julia Doucet, Andy Kolovos, and Marek Bennett. “Using Chiles and Comics to Address the Physical and Emotional Wellbeing of Farmworkers in Vermont’s Borderlands,” Symposium on Farmworker Wellbeing in Agriculture and Human Values 37.1 (2020): 197-208
- Teresa Mares, Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, and Jessie Mazar. “Eating Far From Home: Latino/a Workers and Food Sovereignty in Rural Vermont.” In Food Across Borders, eds. Matt Garcia, E. Melanie DuPuis, and Don Mitchell. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2017), 181-200.
Associations and Affiliations
- Association of American Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
- Acting Chair of Anthropology (2021-2022)
- Associate Director of Graduate Program in Food Systems
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
Food security, migration, labor studies, border studies, food justice
- PhD, Anthropology, University of Washington
- MA, Anthropology, University of Washington
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