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Sarah Cappeliez

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Sarah Cappeliez
Office: S-H 1125-22 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2117

Research activities

My research takes wine as a case for examining how ideas, tastes and consumption practices travel and are adopted in new places. Before starting the PhD, I worked in food writing and taste education for Slow Food (Italy & France) and Voir Communications (Ottawa-Gatineau), among others. These experiences informed my research interests in understanding the cultural production of taste and taste formation, with a particular focus on the sensory and embodied aspects of taste and taste education. I have also been involved in research projects that examine culinary cosmopolitanism, the role of culture in consumer choices and feminine ideals in food blogs. I am interested in pursuing future research on the construction of expertise in food and wine in the realm of professional and amateur restaurants criticism, as well as deepen my work on the strategies used to shape and transform tastes, and that involve practices and the body-mind dialectic.


Scholarly publications


(*=co-first authors)


Cappeliez, Sarah. 2017. “How well does terroir travel? Illuminating cultural translation using a comparative wine case-study.” Poetics 65: 24-36.

Rodney*, Alexandra, Sarah Cappeliez*, Merin Oleschuk*, and Josée Johnston*. (equal co-authorship). 2017. “The online domestic goddess: An analysis of food blog femininities.” Food, Culture & Society 20(4): 685-707.


Cappeliez, Sarah and Josée Johnston. 2013. “From meat and potatoes to "real-deal" rotis: Exploring everyday culinary cosmopolitanism”. Poetics 41(5): 433-455.


Book Chapters:


Johnston, Josée and Sarah Cappeliez. 2017. “You Are What You Eat: Enjoying (and Transforming) Food Culture.” Pp 34-48 in Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, 2nd edition, edited by Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner and Tony Winson. Oxford University Press. [1st edition published in 2012]


Johnston, Josée and Sarah Cappeliez. 2014. “Cosmopolitan Eating.” Pp. 78-98 in Acquired Tastes: Why Families Eat the Way They Do, edited by Brenda L. Beagan, Gwen E. Chapman, Josée Johnston, Deborah McPhail, Elaine M. Power, Helen Vallianatos. Vancouver: UBC Press. 

Teaching activities


SOCI 225 - Sociology through film
SOCI 250 - Sociology of culture
SOCI 341 - Sociology of the media
SOCI/ANTH 441 - Material culture

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