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Megan Carney

University of Arizona

Based in

United States
North America

Megan Carney is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona. She is a feminist ethnographer specializing in medical and sociocultural anthropology with active community-based collaborative research projects in the United States and in southern Europe/the central Mediterranean (primarily Sicily). Her primary research and teaching interests include critical migration and diaspora studies, the food-climate-migration nexus, food and climate apartheid (and justice), climate-related migration, critical food studies, health equity and social inequality, the politics of care and social solidarity, and feminist methodology and pedagogy.

She is the author of two critically-acclaimed books, The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders (2015, University of California Press) which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE and selected as a “California Book-to-Action”, and Island of Hope: Migration and Solidarity in the Mediterranean (2021, University of California Press). Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Schuman European Union Public Affairs Program, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC-MEXUS), the Agnese Nelms Haury Foundation, the Udall Center for Public Policy, and USDA, among others. She was a Public Voices Fellow (2018-2019) with The OpEd Project and regularly publishes across a variety of media outlets, including in The Hill, The Conversation, Civil Eats, Latino Rebels, Inside Higher Ed, Scientific American, Sapiens, and Arizona Daily Star. Dr. Carney received her PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BA in Anthropology and Italian from UCLA.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Italy

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Agriculture Social movements

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Carney, M.A. 2021. Island of Hope: Migration and Solidarity in the Mediterranean. Oakland: University of California Press.

Carney, M.A. 2015. The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press. (Winner of the 2015 CHOICE award; named one of the “Best Food Insecurity Books” by Healthline in 2017; selected as a California Book for Action in 2018)

Robinson, J., Redvers, N., Camargo, A., Bosch, C., Breed, M., Brenner, L., Carney, M.A., Chauhan, A., Dasari, M., Dietz, L., Friedman, M., Grieneisen, L., Hoisington, A., Horve, P., Hunter, A., Jech, S., Jorgensen, A., Lowry, C., Man, I., Mhuireach, G., Navarro-Pérez, E., Ritchie, E., Stewart, J., Watkins, H., Weinstein, P. and S. Ishaq. 2022. “Twenty important research questions in microbial exposure and social equity.mSystems

Carney, M.A. and Krause, K. 2020. “Immigration/migration and healthy publics: the threat of food insecurity.Palgrave Communications, an open access journal of Springer Nature. 6.

Carney, M.A. 2017. “‘Back There We Had Nothing to Eat’: Mexican and Central American Households in the U.S. and Transnational Food Security.” International Migration 55(4): 64-77.


Carney, M.A. 2014. “The Biopolitics of ‘Food Insecurity’: Towards a Critical Political Ecology of the Body in Studies of Women’s Transnational Migration.” Journal of Political Ecology 21: 1-18.