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I’m a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the study of food. My current research is based on two years of fieldwork in Japan from 2011-2013 on food safety after the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

More broadly, I’m interested in the study of food, political economy, commodity chains, disasters, risk, STS, wine and experience. I have conducted fieldwork in Japan, Chile, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.

I’m currently working on a book manuscript and journal articles based on my fieldwork about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, as well as publications on wine and experience.

Contact me: nsternsd [at] fas.harvard.edu