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Matthew Canfield

Assistant Professor 
Office Location: Medbury 105

Matthew Canfield CV 2018

Matthew Canfield is a cultural anthropologist who examines the relationship between law and social movements in the context of food and agricultural regulation. Drawing on ethnographic methods, his research explores how new forms of governance shape the prospects and possibilities for a more equitable and sustainable food system on local and global scales.

Currently he is working on a book manuscript that examines new forms of local food governance in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. In addition, he has published several articles based on his research in the UN Committee on World Food Security and with transnational food sovereignty activists in Public Culture, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Law & Society Review, and Transnational Legal Theory.

Before coming to Drake, Professor Canfield was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Law at the European University Institute in Florence Italy. He was also a visiting researcher in the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at Australia National University.

At Drake he is looking forward to teaching classes on food and law; social movements and global justice; and law, science, and technology. In his spare time, he loves traveling, camping, and cooking.


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