Stacy Williams

BA: Northwestern University, American Studies, History

Research and teaching interests: social movements, food, culture, gender, theory, intersectionality, inequalities, social change, qualitative and quantitative methods.

Dissertation title: "Recipes for Resistance: Feminist Political Discourse About Cooking, 1875-1985"

My dissertation examines how feminists have politicized cooking. The popular stereotype paints feminists as women who refuse to cook, but I have found many more instances in which feminists published cookbooks, shared recipes in movement newspapers, and discussed the best ways of procuring and preparing food. I compare culinary discourse from the suffrage, temperance, liberal second-wave, and radical second-wave feminist movements. I argue that feminists brought their gender politics to the kitchen to redefine how people should cook. Overall, feminists considered how cooking could support their broader political goals. This research contributes to social movement theory by showing the role of everyday, domestic life in social movements. I also demonstrate how women subversively engage in feminized activities—such as cooking—that are typically seen as oppressive.

Selected Publications

Williams, Stacy J. 2015 (online first). “Hiding Spinach in the Brownies: Frame Alignment in Suffrage Community Cookbooks, 1886-1916.” Social Movement Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2015.1027764

Williams, Stacy J. 2014. "A Feminist Guide to Cooking." Contexts 13:59-61.

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