Miami professor examines how food influences socialization in new book

Department of English instructor Anita Mannur examines how culinary notions, specifically the formation of “intimate eating publics,” can create new relationships and senses of belonging in her recently authored book, titled “Intimate Eating: Racialized Spaces and Radical Futures.”

Mannur, an associate professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at Miami University, draws on critical ethnic and queer studies to uncover ways in which marginalized subjects interact within the spaces of shared cooking and dining, and how such culinary observations are central to dialogues of social status and cultural interaction. Her book was published by Duke University Press in March.

An accomplished author with a body of work including several books and academic journal publications, Mannur’s teaching and research interests include Asian American and South Asian diaspora literature and culture, food studies, and gender studies.