Amanda Hilton

Research Interests

environmental anthropology, political ecology, critical food studies, critical heritage studies, anthropology of the senses, applied and collaborative methodologies

Sicily, Italy, the Mediterranean, US Southwest & Southeast

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Contact Information


2020 PhD, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Arizona

2015 MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Arizona

2007 BA, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Colby College

Disertation Title

Selling or Saving Cultural Heritage? Sicilian Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Courses Taught



2021 University of Arizona, School of Geography and Development

Introduction to Critical Food Studies


2019 Syracuse Academy and ACCENT for University of California Education Abroad

Program, “Mediterranean Politics, Food and Culture Program in Syracuse, Barcelona and

Florence,” Siracusa, Sicily

Sicilian Foodways: Migration, Labor, and Identity in the Mediterranean (study abroad

site-specific condensed course)




2019 Università degli Studi di Catania (University of Catania), Dipartimento di Scienze

Umanistiche (Department of Humanistic Sciences)

Etnografie ambientali della Sicilia (Environmental Ethnographies of Sicily)

(2-month laboratory course)


2018 Università degli Studi di Palermo (University of Palermo) and the Anna Tasca Lanza

Cooking School

What is Good, Clean, and Fair? An Experiential Ethnographic Engagement with

Valledolmo’s Food System

(1-week experiential learning course combining University of Palermo students with

international cooking school students in central Sicily)