Dr. Hanna Garth is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from UCLA, a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University, and a BA from Rice University where she triple majored in Anthropology, Spanish, and Policy Studies.
Dr. Garth is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist whose research focuses on food access and food acquisition. Her research is broadly focused on the ways in which marginalized communities struggle to overcome structural inequalities and prejudice as they attempt to access basic needs. She analyzes inequality at the intersections of race and gender. Garth studies these questions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and among Black and Latinx communities in the United States.
She has published articles in several academic journals, including American Anthropologist, Food, Culture and Society, Social Science and Medicine; and Anthropological Quarterly. 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. In 2020, she also published Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice (University of Minnesota Press), a volume co-edited with Ashante M. Reese. She is currently working on her next book, tentatively titled Feeding the Other: Food Justice in Los Angeles. This book is based on research she has been conducting in Los Angeles, CA since 2009, which is focused on food justice organizations working in South and East LA. The project seeks to understand what motivates white, upper middle-class Angelenos’ involvement in food justice work, and analyzes the ways in which organizations incorporate concepts of race and racial justice into their work to varying degrees.
Garth, H., & Hardin, J. (2019). On the Limitations of Barriers: Social Visibility and Weight Management in Cuba and Samoa. Social Science & Medicine, 239, 112501. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112501
Garth, H. (2019), Alimentary Dignity: Defining a Decent Meal in Post-Soviet Cuban Household Cooking. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 24: 424-442. https://doi.org/10.1111/jlca.12369