Melissa L. Caldwell

Editor, Gastronomica,
Co-Director, Multi-Campus Research Program on Studies of Food and the Body
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department
AffiliationsEnvironmental Studies Department
Web Site Gastronomica
Office353 Social Sciences 1
Office HoursWednesday 10:00-11:30 and by appointment
Campus Mail StopSocial Sciences 1 Faculty Services
MailDepartment of Anthropology, 353 Social Sciences 1
Santa Cruz, CA
Melissa L. Caldwell

Research Interests

Daily 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 Training

Harvard 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 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

Teaching Interests

Poverty and Inequality; Social Justice; International Development; Anthropology of Food; Consumption; Memory and Trauma.