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Faculty Profile

Catarina Passidomo Townes

Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Anthropology
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552 Lamar Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-3427
Joined UM: August 20, 2014

Brief Bio

Catarina Passidomo has a joint appointment in Anthropology and Southern Studies, serves as the Graduate Director for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and works closely with the Southern Foodways Alliance. Catarina joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi in 2014. She is interested primarily in studying food systems to better understand and contest broader social systems and phenomena. Through work with her students and the Southern Foodways Alliance, she investigates the connections between the food system and: migration between the Global South and the U.S. South; structural racism; economic inequality; and demographic and culinary changes in the American South. Catarina has published articles in Food, Culture, and Society; Urban Studies; Geoforum; Agriculture and HumanValues; The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development; Oxford Bibliographies in Geography; and ACME, and has contributed chapters to two edited volumes on Food Sovereignty and the food-immigration nexus. She teaches Geography 101, Southern Foodways (SST 555), and other courses in Anthropology and Southern Studies. Catarina has a B.A. in Sociology from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Human Geography, also from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation examined racial and territorial tensions surrounding food justice projects in post-Katrina New Orleans. She is originally from Naples, Florida.


University of Georgia (2013)

Committee Memberships

CLA Department Equity Representatives
Task Force
University Standing Committee


College of Liberal Arts - Cora Lee Graham Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen