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Soad Mana '14

Soad's initial research interests focused on food anthropology with a specific focus on the roles of food in representation, construction, and maintenance of cultural identity. Participating in research this past summer allowed her to take a more domestic perspective on food inequalities. Her project explored how communities of color define food justice and their efforts to improve access in a food desert in Chicago's South Side. After this experience, she decided to focus on how interactions between Middle Eastern corner store owners and African American customers' impact intervention programs designed to implement healthier food practices within the same food desert community. Recently, Soad was awarded the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship.