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July, 2021

Spotlight on Michael Carolan
Professor, Associate Dean
Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Michael Carolan is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development for the College of Liberal Arts. He is also a Visiting Professor at Ruralis Research Institute in Trondheim, Norway, and Research Affiliate at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has been studying food systems since the late 1990s. In addition to having published over 200 articles and more than a dozen books, Michael regularly writes pieces for public audiences, which have appeared in outlets such as The Conversation, Bloomberg, Mental Floss, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post, Popular Science, The Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, and New Food Economy. His current research projects include mapping household food mobilities, studying links between digital agriculture and rural livelihoods, understanding the rural-urban divide, examining farmer perceptions of climate change, and tracking the impacts of COVID-19 on daily household food practices.