Director, Gender Studies Program
Associate Professor of Anthropology
My current research and teaching interests focus on the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, feminist studies, and the anthropology of food and drink. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with students and colleagues on a number of funded research projects in recent years.
- Research on wine, terroir, and discourses about science, magic, and the taste of place. Recent work includes
- Research on biodynamic viticulture and the ‘natural’ wine movement in Oregon, France, and Sicily, with student-faculty funding from Mellon (Situating the Global Environment,) and the Dinah Dodds Endowment
- A project focused on the Umpqua AVA in southern Oregon, funded by Mellon and Watzek Library.
- Research on the science and nature/culture of foie gras production, with research in the U.S., France and Québec, supported by the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium and a Mellon student-faculty grant from Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Studies Program.
- An interdisciplinary research project investigating biological, cultural, legal, and community perspectives on epigenetics, with funding from the NIH ELSI program.
- Student-faculty research grant from NIH-Interdisciplinary Center on Epigenetics, Science & Society: “The Emerging Epigenetic Mystique: Mapping Portrayals of Epigenetics in Social Media”
- A multi-sited collaborative project, “Mapping Genetic Knowledge: An Anthropological Approach” funded by the NIH ELSI program, National Human Genome Research Institute.
Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University; M.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; B.A. Reed College
Courses Offered | Spring 2013
SOAN 498 Animal Studies
SOAN 400 Senior Thesis
- Prof. Deborah Heath explores culture & epigenetics in NIH-backed project