Having grown up in India, Salma spent most of her graduate years in the US eating a solid diet of lentils, veggies, rice, and yogurt that she paid for with the meager salary provided to graduate TAs. This meant she was initially very perplexed about why Americans think eating healthy on a strapped budget is impossible. Continuing discussions with American friends, observing and experiencing American culture, as well as reading about American food systems means that she’s less perplexed though no less determined to keep exploring how individual action and institutional systems generate cultural norms about food. These interests are tied to broader interests in the Environmental Humanities, Salma’s interdisciplinary and professional home where she researches and teaches on topics such as food, film, and the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability (i.e., just sustainability). In her spare time, Salma continues to enjoy eating Indian staples but has also expanded her diet to include such goodies as husband Dan’s home-baked breads and home-brewed beers.
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