Food Studies

Faculty List
  • D. Bender, M.A., Ph.D. (New York), Professor
  • M. Ekers, B.Sc., (Lakehead), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Oxford), Assistant Professor (Department of Human Geography)
  • R. Fulthorpe, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Carlton), Professor (Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences)
  • R. Halpern, M.A. (Wisconsin), Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Professor
  • M. Isaac, Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor (Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences)
  • R. Isakson, Ph.D. (Massachusetts, Amherst), Associate Professor (Department of Global Development Studies)
  • H. Kronzucker, B.A., B.Sc., M.D. (Wuerzburg/British Columbia), Ph.D. (British Columbia), Professor (Department of Biological Sciences)
  • K. MacDonald, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo), Associate Professor (Department of Human Geography)
  • L. Mortensen, B.A. (Cornell), M.A., Ph.D. (Indiana), Assistant Professor (Department of Anthropology)
  • J. Pilcher, M.A. (New Mexico State), Ph.D. (Texas Christian), Professor
  • J. Sharma, M.A. (Delhi), M.Phil. (Delhi), Ph.D. (Cambridge), Associate Professor

Effective July 1, 2024, the administration of the Minor program in Food Studies and the undergraduate-level FST courses has been moved from the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies (HCS) to the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (DPES).

Undergraduate Advisor Email:

For more information, visit the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences website.

Food Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding where our food comes from and how it shapes our bodies and identities. The Minor Program in Food Studies focuses on five basic themes: global food cultures, flavour, health, sustainability, and food justice while drawing from a number of disciplinary methodologies. Courses will span all of human history, from our foraging ancestors to the contemporary industrial food system, and around the world, examining diverse cultural traditions of farming, cooking, and eating.

Particular attention will be given to the material nature of food, the way it tastes and smells, and the changes caused by cooking, preservation, and rotting. Tutorials and seminars will meet in the Culinaria Kitchen Laboratory (SW313) to provide experiential learning and small group discussion.

The program will also leverage the university’s urban location to use Scarborough as a classroom to understand the rich traditions and special challenges involved in feeding diasporic communities.

Food Studies provides both theoretical understanding and practical knowledge for professional careers in health care, business, communications, government service, non-governmental organizations, teaching, and community programs.

For updates and detailed information regarding Food Studies, please visit the Food Studies Program website.

Food Studies Courses:


  1. Courses marked with an * are taught in the Culinaria Kitchen Laboratory.
  2. Students are advised to consult the prerequisites for B-, C-, and D-level courses when planning their individual program.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.