My main project at the moment is my my book, tentatively titled After the Boom: The Politics of Race, Value, and Development in Peru’s Quinoa Bust. First, I trace the symbolic, material, and political work that go into transforming an “Indian food” into a globally circulated commodity, consumed largely by wealthy people. Second, I follow how relationships between actors in the quinoa commodity chain shift over the course of the boom and bust.
I also recently organized a workshop titled, “Critical Approaches to Superfoods,” which took place in March 2019 at Indiana University. It convened researchers from across the social sciences and humanities working on the topic of superfoods from critical perspectives. I am now editing a volume based on the workshop with Richard Wilk, which is under contract with Bloomsbury Press and will be published in late 2020.