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Joseph Torres-González
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Anthropology
Subfield: Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests: Latin America & the Caribbean, Anthropology of Food, Political Economy, Historical Anthropology, Popular culture, Ethnicity & Identity, Technology & Pedagogy
Advisor: Dr. Marc Edelman  

Joseph A. Torres-González is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a master's degree in Anthropology and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies, both from the State University of New York, University at Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, from the Univerisity of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. His current research project is based in Puerto Rico, studying food, coffee shops, baristas, ethnicity, and identity, with the following inquiries: How have changing consumer patterns transformed Puerto Rican coffee production? How are these changes part of global transformations influenced by new gastronomic practices, such as the role of baristas in the coffee industry worldwide? Why do certain food products become part of a culture’s tradition? His research aims to build on conversations that analyze food consumption in the context of a rapidly changing economy, which includes a new global pandemic. Joseph has worked as a research assistant at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (2019-2021), served as a Graduate Fellow at the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center (2017-2020), and has taught at the Department of Anthropology at Brooklyn College and at the Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies at City College.