Quick Info

  • Rome
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Italian Language and Literature
  • : June 4, 2018 - June 25, 2018
  • : $4899 In-State/ $5099 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, In Good Academic Standing, Open to Non-Pitt Students, Open to students from all campuses and departments


Food is a basic human need; however, beyond biological functions, food also has rich
cultural significance. Taste, preference, ritual, tradition, gender, social class, and nationality all influence food choices and behaviors. In addition, economic and environmental factors, globalization, localization, and social movements all affect our access and attitudes toward food. In this course, we will examine how food behaviors are shaped by culture, and what anthropology can offer to the study of food and nutrition.

Food is sustenance and absolutely essential to life. But food is never simply about nutrition. Because it is fundamental to the human experience, food is also a medium for the expression of culture and social identity. Moreover, food relays complex social messages about gender, sexuality, and family. Consequently, food is also a means for expressing the social and symbolic use of power and control in which social inequalities are expressed in culinary forms. This course will examine food from the vantage point of
gendered systems of production, distribution, and consumption as we consider: How does your food come to your table (or not) and what are the political implications of personal tastes? By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) apply anthropological and feminist theories to food and eating in a cross-cultural perspective; 2) understand how gender, race and class influence our access to and perspective on food; 3) make connections between eating and cultural identities and beliefs; and 4) use writing (and rewriting) as a process for developing understanding, exploring alternative points of view, considering their audience, and entering into an academic conversation.

If you have previously taken either of the above courses, please contact the Program Manager to discuss options.
Please note, coursework begins online prior to departure for the program.

Experiential Learning

You will participate in a two-day Food Studies Conference in Perugia having the opportunity to learn and discuss issues related to food with experts from across Italy.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

 Frayda Cohen is a Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Adviser for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests are on children and adoption, gender, food, and transnationalism. She has spent several years working in China and was also previously the Director for the summer 6-week study abroad program, Pitt in China. More recently, she has traveled to Italy and is developing a project on emerging Chinese communities in Italy. She regularly teaches courses on gender and food, global feminisms, gendered bodies, and popular culture, and feminist theory.  


Students will be staying in shared apartments in Rome.  Apartments typically house 4-6 students per unit in double-occupancy.  All apartments include shared kitchen facilities.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4899 $5099
Arrive in Rome Depart Rome
June 4, 2018 June 24, 2018

Please note, coursework begins prior to departure for the program.
Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, time TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Participation at the Umbra Institute Food Conference in Perugia
  • Shared accommodations through the program
  • Roundtrip travel within Italy between Rome and Perugia
  • Class related activities such as tours of markets, chocolate factories, and olive oil productions
  • International travel health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • International roundtrip airfare
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Meals and personal expenses while abroad

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tiffany Martin

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello Panthers!  I am the Assistant Director in the Study Abroad Office.  I have a permanent case of wanderlust and recently reached my goal of 30 countries by 30. I attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs.  During my time at Pitt, I participated on two study abroad programs and later backpacked Europe.  Traveling internationally has taught me valuable skills such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, navigate public transportation, and brush my teeth with a chewing stick. While I embrace my inner yinzer, I wish that every student would leave Pittsburgh to study abroad. When not planning my next adventure, you can find me exploring various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, playing kickball, watching the Food Network, or biking along the rivers. You can reach me at tsm3@pitt.edu