April 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

Food Studies Students Named Sociology, Anthropology Outstanding Seniors

Patrick Fahey and Joy Kostansek received the anthropology and sociology senior awards, posing here with their certificates.

Patrick Fahey and Joy Kostansek received the anthropology and sociology senior awards.

Both recipients of the Ohio University Sociology & Anthropology Department’s Outstanding Senior Awards are Food Studies theme students.

Joy Kostansek and Patrick Fahey were selected by the department faculty due to their exemplary commitment to their studies. Both Kostansek and Fahey will be receiving the Food and Society Certificate upon graduation.

The Sociology faculty selected Kostansek, nominated by Department Chair Dr. Christine Mattley. Kostansek has spent her time at Ohio University creating an education around food systems and food access. Within the department, she has enjoyed classes such as Sociology of Appalachia and even participated in Dr. Steve Scanlan’s Food, Hunger, and Inequality study abroad program in Ireland. Kostansek works as the Food Studies Assistant under Dr. Theresa Moran and has spent the last year and a half interning with Community Food Initiatives. She is gearing up for a career in food policy, where she hopes to work to reform legislation that prevents equal access to healthy, local, and affordable food.

The Anthropology faculty chose Fahey, nominated by Dr. Sabrina Curran. Fahey will be graduating with a degree in Anthropology, as well as a degree in print design from the school of Visual Communications. Fahey has worked extensively within the department, assisting to the archeology field school with Dr. Paul Patton and conducting research on the origins of agriculture. In the fall he will be attending Arizona State University to pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology through the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. His long-term career goals include excavations and faunal analyses in Africa, eventually working within academia or museums.

Food Studies has been an incredibly formative part of both Kostansek and Fahey’s experiences at Ohio University, and they are looking forward their food based careers that lie ahead.

Food studies graphic, with outlines of eggplant, tomato, corn, etc.


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