Food Judge

Rebecca De Souza

Associate Professor

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Rebecca de Souza is a Professor of Communication at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her research is concerned with how political and economic systems impact health, access to food, and social inequalities. Her recent book Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries (MIT Press, 2019) argues that stigma is a poisonous undercurrent that runs rampant in the lives of food insecure individuals. Her book shows how food pantries stigmatize their clients through a discourse that emphasizes hard work, self-help, and economic productivity rather than food justice and equity. Her work has been published in top tier journals such as Communication Theory, Health Communication, and International Journal of Communication as well as in interdisciplinary journals such as the American Journal of Health Education and Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

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