Hanna Garth

Assistant Professor
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Office Location: 
129 Aaron Burr Hall
Office Hours: 
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Aaron Burr 209.

Teaching (Fall 2021)
#BlackLivesMatter (ANT 244 / AAS 243)


Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (2014)

Anthropology of Food; Consumption; Inequality; Medical Anthropology; Race and Racism; Social Justice; Activism; Latin America and the Caribbean; Women and Gender Studies; Black/African American Studies

Short Bio
Hanna Garth will join the department in September 2021 as a sociocultural and medical anthropologist. Garth’s scholarship is broadly focused on the ways in which marginalized communities struggle to overcome structural inequalities and prejudice as they attempt to access basic needs. Garth studies these questions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and among Black and Latinx communities in the United States. She has focused on the ways in which the global industrial food system affects food access inequalities. Her first book "Food in Cuba: The Pursuit of a Decent Meal" (Stanford University Press, 2020), is based on ethnographic research in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest city. Her research reveals the ways that even food distribution systems, which ostensibly supply sufficient nutritional needs, can also have detrimental effects on individual and community wellbeing. She received her PhD in Anthropology from UCLA, and an MPH from Boston University.

Publications List: 

2020  Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, Hanna Garth and Ashanté Reese, Eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
2020  Food in Cuba: The Pursuit of a Decent Meal. (Stanford University Press)
2013  Food and Identity in the Caribbean. Hanna Garth, Ed. London: Bloomsbury.

Articles and Book Chapters
2019   Consumption, Temporality, and Celebration in Santiago de Cuba. American Anthropologist.
2019   On the Limitations of Barriers: Social Visibility and Weight Management in Cuba and Samoa. Social Science & Medicine. [with Jessica Hardin]
2019    Alimentary Dignity: Defining a Decent Meal in Post-Soviet Cuban Household Cooking. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.
2018    Studying Food Acquisition: Lessons from Santiago de Cuba and South Los Angeles. Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Items: Insights from the Social Sciences.
2017    [with Michael Powell] Curating Value(s) with the Retail Brand: Rebranding a Corner Store in South Los Angeles. Journal of Business Anthropology. 6(2):175-198.
2017    Food in Contemporary Cuba. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. William H. Beezley and Robin Derby (Eds.)
2017   "“There is no food”: Coping with Food Scarcity in Cuba Today." Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology, March 23.
2014   “They Started to Make Variants”: The Impact of Nitza Villapol’s Cookbooks and Television Shows on Contemporary Cuban Cooking. Food, Culture & Society.