About SAFN


The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), formerly known as the Council on Nutritional Anthropology (CNA), was organized in 1974 in response to the increased interest in the interface between social sciences and human nutrition. SAFN has the following objectives:

  • To encourage research and exchange of ideas, theories, methods and scientific information relevant to understanding the socio-cultural, behavioral and political-economic factors related to food and nutrition;
  • To provide a forum for communication and interaction among scientists sharing these interests and with other appropriate organizations;
  • To promote practical collaboration among social and nutritional scientists at the fields and program levels.

Current Officers

Joan Gross
Oregon State University

David Beriss
Past President
University of New Orleans
Anthropology and Sociology

Scott Alves Barton
SAFN Treasurer
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Kelly Alexander
Student Representative
Duke University



David Sutton, Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, dsutton@siu.edu

Meetings and Program

Daniel Shattuck, Anthropology, University of New Mexico, dgshattuck@gmail.com

Ashley Stinnett, Folk Studies and Anthropology, Western Kentucky University, ashley.stinnett@wku.edu

Susannah Barr, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University, sbarr144@fiu.edu

FoodAnthro Web site editors

David Beriss, Interim editor, dberiss@uno.edu

David Sutton, Book Review editor, dsutton@siu.edu

Anthropology News SAFN Section Editors

Amanda Green, Environmental Studies, Davidson College, amagreen@gmail.com

Kelly Alexander, Anthropology, Duke University, kellyalexander9@hotmail.com


Ryan Adams, Sociology and Anthropology, Lycoming College, adamsr@lycoming.edu

Joan Gross, Anthropology, Oregon State University, jgross@oregonstate.edu 

Amanda Green, Environmental Studies, Davidson College, amagreen@gmail.com

2004 Name Change

To more fully engage the spectrum of theoretical and methodological perspectives of individuals AAA-wide, at the 2003 meetings a motion was made by the then CNA Executive Board to put a name change to a vote by its membership during the spring 2004 AAA Elections. The ballot question was passed and changed the organization’s name from ‘Council on Nutritional Anthropology’ (CNA) to ‘Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition’ (SAFN).

Click here to see the SAFN by-laws

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