Professor Singer comes to F&M from the faculty of Knox College. Her dissertation research looks at US children’s novels, and subsequent published work investigates the possibility that the early children’s book divisions of American publishing companies were making covertly feminist choices.
As a cultural sociologist, her postdoctoral research fellowship explored the ways that European film festivals function as high-stakes international marketplaces while being staffed primarily by unpaid volunteers. Her current research investigates the global flow of commodities and culture through an examination of two distinctive Indonesian foods—Balinese sea salt and Javanese cashews—and the two businesses that bring them to market in the United States. Issues of sustainability, power, and capital exist on both sides of this project, and each relates to issues of food production and commodification.
B.A., Smith College, 1996; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Washington, 2005