Rachel Black

Rachel Black

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Joined Connecticut College: 2015

B.A. (Hon), University of British Columbia
M.A., University of British Columbia
Ph.D., Università degli Studi di Torino


Food studies

Anthropology of the senses

European ethnography

Economic anthropology

Gender and work

Rachel Black has conducted research in Italy, France, the United States and Canada, focusing on the production, distribution and consumption of food and what food can tell us about social organization, identity and cultural changes in Europe and North America. 

Black wrote an ethnography of the Porta Palazzo market in Turin, Italy and has done fieldwork on urban agriculture in Vancouver, Canada. Her current research focuses on female culinary professionals in Lyon, France. She has just finished a 10-month fellowship at the Collegium de Lyon.

She will teaching these courses at Connecticut College: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Worlds of Food, and Ethnography of Europe.

Recent publications by Rachel Black:

  • Co-Editor with Robert Ulin, Wine and Culture: From the Vineyard to the Glass, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, winner of a Gourmand Book Award.
  • Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market, Philadelphia, PA. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
  • Editor, Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopaedia, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2010.

Recent conferences attended and presentations given:

  • "La cuisine des mères lyonnaises : la reproduction et la subversion des genres." Collegium de Lyon, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Dec. 9, 2014.
  • "Where are all the female chefs? Reproducing and challenging gender stereotypes in Lyon’s professional kitchens." American Anthropological Association Meeting, Washington, DC. Dec. 5, 2014.
  • "Teaching Italian Culture through Food: An Anthropological Approach." American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Zurich, Switzerland. May 25, 2014.
  • "Wild ferment: constructing nature, obscuring labor in the natural wine movement." Unpublished paper presented at the American Ethnological Society Meeting, Boston, Mass. April 11, 2014.

Invited talks:

  • "The notion of terroir and the perception of heritage in wine and cheese from the United States and Canada." Workshop on Food Heritage, Laboratorio EXPO. Alba, Italy. Nov. 11, 2014.
  • "Cibo senza territorio." Roundtable participant, Salone del Gusto, Turin, Italy. Oct. 27, 2014.
  • Keynote, "Questioning Terroir." The Food Conference, Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy. June 7, 2014.
  • "Vino e cultura: un progetto di antropologia dal vigneto al bicchiere." Patrimonio immateriale e antropologia dell’alimentazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Bicocca, Milan, Italy. May 26, 2014.
  • "Shaping a taste landscape: Cooperation, wine and social change in Carema, Italy." Human Ecology Forum Speaker Series, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Feb. 25, 2014.

Majoring in Anthropology.

Visit the anthropology department website.

Contact Rachel Black

Mailing Address

Rachel Black
Connecticut College
Box #5552
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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