Stephanie Maroney

stephanie maroney

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Dissertation: Eat for Your Microbes: Reconfiguring Dietary Health and Subjectivity in the Probiotic Present

Research Interests: Critical Nutrition Studies; Cultural Studies of Food and Health; Feminist Science and Technology Studies; Race/Class/Gender/Empire in Public Health; Bioethics of Human Microbiome/Genomics; Fermentation

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards: 

  • "Theorizing Human and Microbial Relations" UCHRI Multi-Campus Graduate Working Group, Co-PI (2016-2017)
  • Mellon Public Scholars in the Humanities (2016)
  • Cultural Studies Dissertation Quarter Fellowship (2015, 2017)
  • Cultural Studies Research Quarter Fellowship (Fall 2015)
  • Mellon Social Justice Initiative Research Grant (2014)
  • Henry A. Jastro Graduate Student Support Award (2012, 2014)
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute Graduate Student Travel Grant (2012)
  • Summer Research Award, Davis Humanities Institute (2011)


  • Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of California Davis, 2010-current
    •  Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research
  • M.A. English Literature, Arizona State University, 2005-2008
  • B.A. English and Women's Studies, Arizona State University, 2002-2005

Personal Website:


  • "Eating in Relation to Others: Digestive Entanglements of the Human Microbiome."  Paper presentation.  Society for Social Studies of Scienceannual meeting.  31 August-4 September 2016. Barcelona, Spain. 
  • "Selling the Human Rood Bar: Harnessing New Science and Old Narratives in Food Marketing."  Paper presentation and Chair of "Interrogating Nutritionism and Dietary Science in Novel Food Products" panel.  Association for the Study of Food and Society annual meeting.  June 2016. Toronto, Canada. 
  • "An Organ, a Garden, a Holobiont: Conceptualizing Human and Microbe Relations."  Paper presentation, Ecomaterialisms: Scales of Matter(ing) conference 13-14 May 2016.  University of California, Davis.
  • "What to Eat for your Microbiota: Dietary Advice in the Priobiotic Present."  Paper presentation.  Future of Food Studies Conference, Graduate Association for Food Studies.  23-25 October 2015.  Harvard University.  
  • "Non-Human Feminisms."  Panelist, with Xan Chacko.  Annual Symposium of the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research.  29 May 2015.  University of California, Davis. 
  • "In Search of Our Ancestral Microbes: the Microbiome and the Problem of Modernity."  Paper presentation.  Moral Cultures of Food: Access, Production and Consumption, Past and Present.  UNT Initiative in Food Culture and Environment.  2-4 April 2015.  University of North Texas.
  • "Eating with Microbes: Reimagining Food Politics through Bacteria."  Paper presentation.  Association for the Study of Food and Society annual meeting.  20 June 2014.  Burlington, VT.  
  • "A Case of Cookbooks and Gender."  Panel presentation with Elisa Oceguera and Trisha Barua.  Considering Food Studies from a Cultural Studies Approach. Cultural Studies Association, Culture Matters Conference. 28 March 2012.  University of California, San Diego.
  • "'To Make a Curry the India Way': Tracking the Meaning of Curry Across Eighteenth-Century Communities." Food and Foodways, Volume 19, 1-2 (2011).
  • Reprinted in Local Foods Meet Global Foodways: Tasting History. Eds. Benjamin Lawrence and Carolyn de le Pena. New York: Routledge, 2012. 
  • Review of “Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism,” by Julie Guthman. Gastronomica (Fall 2013).
  • "Marin French Cheese Company" and "Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese," entries in the Oxford Companion to Cheese. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • "Diet and the Middle Class in America," with Charlotte Biltekoff, in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press (forthcoming).