Professor of Sociology | University of Toronto
Josée Johnston is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is the co-author of Food and Femininity (2015, Bloomsbury Academic). Her major substantive interest is the sociological study of food. She sees food as a lens for investigating questions that lie at the intersection of multiple areas like culture, politics, gender and the environment. Much of her work examines discourses of ethical consumption, and investigates how consumers seek social transformation within the constraints of contemporary market forces. She is also deeply interested in the topic of foodies – what they value, how they eat, and why the hamburger remains such an iconic food. Her latest research project focuses on the cultural politics of meat consumption.
Research & Teaching Areas: sociology of food; cultural sociology; consumer culture; gender; environmental sociology & political ecology; critical theory