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Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin 1985
M.A. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin 1981
B.A. Anthropology/Spanish, University of Montana 1979

Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology, 2002-present

Associate Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology, 1995-2002

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology, 1989-1995

Professional Affiliations: 

Association for the Study of Food and Society

American Anthropological Association

Culture and Agriculture

Society for Applied Anthropology

Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, treasurer 2009-10; program chair 2015-17

Society for Linguistic Anthropology

Honors and Awards: 


C. Warren Hovland Service Award. 2009.

CLA Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Research Fund for Excellence. Award for  “Creating a learning community focused on the study of language diversity in the U.S.A. and its implications for power and discrimination,”  2000.

International Service Award, Oregon State University, 1997-1998.

Curriculum Vitae: 
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays 2-5

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Courses Taught: 

The Anthropology of Food ANTH 486/586

Rural Anthropology ANTH 480/580

Language in the USA ANTH 251 (Bac Core)

World Cultures – Latin America ANTH 313/413/513 (Bac Core)

World Cultures – Europe ANTH 313/413 (Bac Core)

Language, Culture and Society ANTH 350

Sociolinguistics ANTH 451/551 (Bac Core)

Folklore and Expressive Culture ANTH 452/552

Language in Global Context ANTH 487/587 (Bac Core

)Linguistic Anthropology ANTH 551

Linguistic Transcription ANTH 494/594

Oral Traditions ANTH 498/598

Ethnographic Methods, ANTH 591

Research/Career Interests: 

Joan Gross' research interests range from language to food. While it could be said that the two are linked through the mouth (language coming out and food going in) it is more a concern with local culture in the face of globalization that ties the two areas together. Gross has had a long interest in lesser-known languages and how people pass them along in the home or through verbally artistic forms or through teaching programs. She has worked on Tamazight in Morocco, Walloon in Belgium and Oregon Native languages. All of these languages have suffered in the face of national languages. Many national languages also have had to take a back seat to global languages like English.

Interesting parallels exist within the food system. People who have been able to sustain themselves in particular environments for many generations now find themselves dependent on food that is shipped around the world. Small farmers in developing countries find themselves victims of this imported food and often feel forced to orient their own production for the export market or to leave their land to work in agribusinesses in richer countries. As people become more disconnected with the source of their food, nutritional health problems rise. Small-time food producers are dwindling as are speakers of Walloon and Kiksht. But neither group is content with disappearing. Gross wants her research and that of her students to assist people in figuring out how they fit into the global network and to help them validate local culture and agriculture within that context. She has incorporated students into several of her research projects in Oregon and Ecuador. 



Proceedings and Conference Presentations: 

Exploring Evidence, Accidents, and Discoveries in Critical Food Systems Education, Invited Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, November 18, 2016.

Technology and Food Security. Organizer and Discussant. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC. March 30, 2016.

The Taste of Freshness, The Taste of Home. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver CO, November 20, 2015.

 Complexities of Food Sovereignty: Agrifood Activism in Oregon and Ecuador. Fifth International Conference on Food Studies.  Blacksburg, Virginia. September 18, 2015

Complexities of Food Sovereignty: Agrifood Activism in Oregon and Ecuador. In panel "Territorialidades Rurales" del III Congreso Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO-Quito, Ecuador. August 27, 2015.

Food Sovereignty Discourses in Oregon and Ecuador: Comparative Scalar Practices. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 5, 2014.

 Paradigmas Cambiando—Todo Está Conectado. Invited Talk, Bienal Internacional del Cartel, Universidad Latina de América, Morelia, Mexico. October 30, 2014.

 Paradigm Shifts—Everything is connected. Invited talk, 2014 Food Security Summit, Corvallis, Oregon. October 21, 2014.

 Heterogeneity in family-level nutrition in Northern Ecuador. (with Carla Guerron Montero, Michaela Hammer and Peter Berti) Interpretive Policy Analysis Annual Meeting, Wageningen, Holland. July 3, 2014.

 Participant Observation: Embodied Intersubjectivity in Qualitative Research. Invited talk, Latin American Institute of Social Science (FLACSO), Quito, Ecuador, May 21, 2014.

 Endogenous Pathways to Food Sovereignty: Working with Positive Deviance in the Andes Roundtable organizer and participant. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM. March 22, 2014.

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