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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


Barnes Awarded Prestigious ALCS Fellowhip

Dr. Jessica Barnes, Assistant Professor of Geography, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for her project "Making Bread: The Cultural Politics of Food Security and Wheat Self-Sufficiency in Egypt".

The fellowship will allow Dr. Barnes to conduct research that connects literatures on food policy and agricultural practice, building on work within anthropology, geography, and history on food commodity chains, which links sites of production and consumption. Specifically, the project will explore the shifting social relationships and meanings along wheat’s commodity chain to the point at which it is consumed as bread, focusing in particular on how these relationships and meanings are imbued with notions of security and national identity. She will look also at how the acts of producing and processing a crop might be shaped by a sense of a national project, or alternatively, may run counter to that national project.