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Professor of Anthropology
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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., Middlebury College


Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of East Asia, Biopower and Technoscience, The Contemporary Silk Road, Gender and Society


Standardization and Accountability; Corporations and Culture; Sustainable Agriculture; China; Citizenship, Nationalism and Ethnic Minorities; Post-Socialism and Neoliberalism; China’s Dairy Industry; E-Waste


2021    Missing Microbes and Other Gendered Microbiopolitics in Bovine Fermentation, Special Issue “Cultures of Fermentation,” Current Anthropology 62(S24):S276-S286. doi.org/10.1086/714345

2020    Heritage Hands and Tastes of the Pandemic. International Journal of Cultural Property. 27(4): 481–488. doi:10.1017/S0940739121000011.

2018    (Re)making Quality in China's Dairy Industry. Asian Anthropology. 17(4):237-253.

2018    Tracy, Megan and Rebecca Howes-Mischel. Gender, Microbial Relations, and the Fermentation of Food. Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures/Cuizine: Revue des cultures culinaires au Canada. 9(1).

2016    Mulitmodality, Transparency and Food Safety in China. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 39(S1):34-53.

2014    Zhong, Zhen, Shufen Chen, Xiangzhi Kong, and Megan Tracy. Why Improving Agrifood Quality is Difficult in China: Evidence from the Dairy Industry. China Economic Review 31:74-83.

2013   "Pasteurizing China's Grasslands and Producing Terroir." American Anthropologist 115(3): 437-451

2010   “The Mutability of Melamine: A Transductive Account of a Scandal” Anthropology Today. 26(6):4-8.


2009—National Science Foundation, Small Grant for Exploratory Research to support preliminary research on China’s 2008 melamine scandal.

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