Kara Young

Kara Young

Kara Young

Assistant Professor


(614) 247-7260

238 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Gender, Race, & Class
  • Sociology of Food and Eating
  • Health & Medicine
  • Qualitative Methodology


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley 2010
  • B.A., Brown University 2006

Kara Young CV

My research investigates how racial, class, and gender inequalities get reproduced through cultural beliefs, micro-interactions and embodied practices. Using in-depth interviews and ethnography, I have explored this question through the topics of cultural production, social capital activation, and food consumption. My current research aims to understand how inequalities of race, class, and food access shape people's daily food consumption and procurement practices as well as their food related health aspirations. I examine this question within the context of two neighborhoods of Oakland, California – a neighborhood with a variety of grocery stores close by and a neighborhood with none. Through in-depth interviews and extended observations, I look at the meanings that people attach to the food options available around them, how they organize their practices within the set of choices available to them, and how they feel about themselves as they succeed and fail at approximating their health and eating aspirations from day-to-day. I use the results of this study to build theory around larger questions of how racial and class inequality get produced and reproduced through our everyday mundane practices and how neighborhood context matters in shaping stratified health outcomes. 

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