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I am a medical/sociocultural anthropologist interested in food as a form of care among the farmworker community in Immokalee, Florida. My research is guided by viewing food insecurity in Immokalee as food apartheid which better describes the violence of the political and racialized (food) structures that cause inaccessibility to food spaces. I include a socio-cultural analysis of Southwest Florida and the lens of U.S. immigration status to food apartheid which creates an additional barrier to food access. Yet, farmworkers and their families transform food into care by sharing foods, maintaining gardens, and more. I earned my Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida and her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Prior to beginning my PhD program, I served as a Global Health Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (2016-2019). I am from a Mexican migrant farmworker family, born and raised in Arcadia, Florida. I love cooking, gardening, plants, and most of the time, blending the three.

Research Interests

farmworker health; the US South; care; US immigration policies


Carmen Gutierrez, Amanda L. Thompson