Melissa L. Caldwell
Co-Director, Multi-Campus Research Program on Studies of Food and the Body
|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Affiliations||Environmental Studies Department|
|Office||353 Social Sciences 1|
|Office Hours||On Leave 2014-2015|
|Campus Mail Stop||Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services|
|Department of Anthropology, 353 Soscial Sciences 1|
Santa Cruz, CA
Research InterestsDaily life in postsocialist Europe; Ethnography of Russia; changing social welfare systems, care work, ethics and practices of compassion; interfaith collaborations and faith-based assistance; changing food practices in late and postsocialist societies; nature, leisure, and the world of summer cottages and gardening; new modes of human rights and anti-discrimination practices in Russia; Russian-African relations.
Biography, Education and TrainingHarvard University, Social Anthropology, Ph.D., A.M.
Indiana University, Russian and East European Studies, M.A.
University of Tennessee, Russian and East European Studies, B.A.
Selected PublicationsDacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside (University of California Press, 2011)
Food and Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World (Indiana University Press, 2009)
Not by Bread Alone: Social Support in the New Russia (University of California Press, 2004)
Selected Presentations"The Dacha Days of Summer," Radio Interview on "Here on Earth," Wisconsin Public Radio, August 1, 2011
"Going Green for Summer," Radio Interview on Voice of Russia, June 19, 2011