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RIA # 174: Dr. Emily Contois on Food Studies

Dr. Emily Contois

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Emily Contois, an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The University of Tulsa. Her book, Diners, Dudes, and Diets: Gender and Power in U.S. Food Culture and Media, will be published with The University of North Carolina Press in 2020. It explores how the food, advertising, and media industries used the dude as a gender discourse to create male consumers for products socially perceived as feminine, such as cookbooks, diet sodas, and dieting programs. She is also co-editing a volume on food and Instagram with Dr. Zenia Kish. Dr. Contois completed her PhD in American Studies at Brown University with a Doctoral Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She also holds three master’s degrees: an MA in American Studies from Brown, an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University and an MPH focused in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley. She is the author of more than twenty-five peer-reviewed articles, chapters, reference entries, and reviews. She is the Book Reviews Editor for Food, Culture, and Society and serves on the boards of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and H-Nutrition. She also writes for Nursing Clio, blogs at, and is active on social media at @emilycontois.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Food Studies [00:00-13:27]

In this first segment, Emily talks about her research in food studies.

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Segment 2: Public Scholarship [13:28-24:38]

In segment two, Emily discusses her work as a public scholar.

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Segment 3: Engaging the Visual in the Classroom [24:39-34:47]

In segment three, Emily shares about some of her unique classroom projects.

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