M. Ruth Dike

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Anthropology
  • Gender & Women's Studies
211 Lafferty Hall
(859) 257-2710
Other Affiliations:
  • Society for the Anthropology of Food & Nutrition
Research Interests:
Education

PhD, Anthropology, University of Kentucky, In Progress
MLA, Gastronomy, Boston University, 2014
BA, Honors Anthropology, University of Tennessee: Knoxville, 2012 (Minor: History)

Biography

M. Ruth Dike is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN but holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Anthropology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University. 

Research

I will use food to explore the intersection of globalization, gender, and identity in Morocco for my dissertation. During my first ethnographic research project, I interviewed 25 Moroccans in English and French while in Rabat, Morocco. This study analyzed the conceptualizations of food based on class, gender, and age, which I later presented at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) 2012 meeting in San Francisco. During my Master's degree, I examined the struggles and solutions to recreating Moroccan foodways which was presented at the 2013 AAA meeting and published (see below). I also conducted food-centered life histories with four Moroccan men analyzing gender performance through food procurement and production, which was presented at the 2014 AAA meeting. Most recently, I completed a mini-ethnography using political economy to examine why Moroccans immigrate to the US and their perceptions of work in the US compared to Morocco. 

Selected Publications: 
Dike, M. Ruth. “Exploring Moroccan Identities in the Diaspora,” Digest: A Journal of Foodways & Culture 3:1 (2014): n. pg.
 
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