Food Identity and its Impact Upon the Study Abroad Experience


  • Andrea Ciliotta-Rubery The College at Brockport, SUNY, United States



food history, identity, gender, political ideology, study abroad


Study Abroad programs go to great lengths to prepare students for living and working in environments unlike their own. While much of the preparation focuses on the challenges of university life, travel, safety and the like, this paper suggests that an early and thoughtful discussion of “food identity” will provide students with the tools necessary to become more insightful of the culture of their host country. Since eating is vital, regional foods provide a wonderful opportunity for entering into the culture of another. By exposing students to such factors as the malleable, political, gendered and deliberately constructed nature of food identities, students become more cognizant of the complex histories of other people and places, through the portal of their food.

Author Biography

Andrea Ciliotta-Rubery, The College at Brockport, SUNY, United States

ANDDREA CILIOTTA-RUBERY, PhD, is a Professor of political science and international studies, with a focus on medieval political thought. She is the author of several articles and book chapters, on such topics as Machiavelli, Shakespeare, 16th century politics and literature, the political novel, Turgenev, Aristotle and political extremism. She is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and participates in various study abroad experiences with Brockport students.




How to Cite

Ciliotta-Rubery, A. (2016). Food Identity and its Impact Upon the Study Abroad Experience. Journal of International Students, 6(4), 1062–1068.



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