I have a new position in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan! I could not be more excited about the prospects that this city, university, and department have to offer! I have spent my summer quietly moving and settling in, but I am now primed and ready for big things.
In the department, I have amazing colleagues. I am especially excited to be a part of a program with strength in business anthropology. I have so many thoughts on how an insects-as-food movement requires cultural knowledge in order to make it work as a commodity, and I have the exact people around me to help me articulate those ideas.
The city of Detroit is in the midst of an amazing revival. The revitalization happening particularly in the Midtown neighborhood makes me think they might be primed to embrace insects as food.... I am looking forward to talking more with Little Herds, an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to making a marketplace for bug-eaters, about ideas on how to bring entomophagy to the people of Detroit.
Wayne State University is the right place to support me in these research and public outreach efforts. As a large, public, urban, research institution, WSU is committed to excellence in both academia and the community. I know I am in the right place.