Charles Fruehling Springwood, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Illinois
Charles Springwood is Professor of Anthropology. His Environmental Studies course
Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Food (ENST/ANTH 288) examines everyday values
about food and eating in relation to the larger question of a global political economy
and the use and abuse of the environment. A cultural anthropologist specializing in
Japan, North America, and Mexico, Professor Springwood's research interests focus
on the politics of culture. In particular, he examines various social worlds by looking
for the intersections of power, knowledge, race, class, and gender. As such, he is
drawn to questions about how people, as members of social groups, variously engage,
and too often, abuse the environment. Professor Springwood seeks answers to these
questions through teaching about food.