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Dr. Gina Hunter

Associate Professor
Research & Sponsored Programs
Schroeder Hall - SCH 361
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Gina Louise Hunter (PhD U of Illinois) is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Office of Student Research at Illinois State University.

Current Courses

281.001Explorations in Cultural Anthropology

402.001Advanced Ethnographic Methods


Teaching Interests & Areas

Dr Hunter teaches courses in cultural anthropology, food anthropology, and ethnography.

Research Interests & Areas

Dr. Hunter has published research on women's reproductive health, foodways and food systems, the ethnography of the university, pedagogy and research methods. At Illinois State, she is co-Director of the Food Studies Minor, and is affiliated with the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program. Her regional specialty is Brazil and has twice led a study abroad program in Brazil.

BS Anthropology

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Ph D Anthropology

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL

MA Anthropology

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL

Sabbatical Leave


Administrative Fellow

College of Arts and Sciences

Community Engagement Learning Award

Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Community Engagement Learning Award

Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Shaw Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

College of Arts and Sciences

Book Review

Hunter, G. Review of Handbook of Food and Anthropology. Anthropos 11.2 (2017): 682-684.
Hunter, G. Review of Brazilian Food by Jane Fajans. American Ethnologist 41.2 (2014): 393-394.
Hunter, G. Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality and Black Magic in Brazil. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2011; xiii+293pp. Kelly E. Hayes (EDs). American Anthropologist 114.4 (2012): 705-706.

Book, Authored

Hunter, G. Edible Insects: A Global History. Reaktion Press (2021): 174.

Book, Chapter

Robert, D., & Hunter, G. Anthropology of Food. Ken Albala (EDs), Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies. Routledge International Handbooks (2013)


Hunter, G. Portuguese American Cuisine. Andrew Smith (EDs), Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Oxford University Press (2012)

Journal Article

Abdulrehman, M., Woith, W., Jenkins, S., Kossman, S., & Hunter, G. Exploring Cultural Influences of Self- Management of Diabetes in Coastal Kenya: An Ethnography. Global Qualitative Nursing Research 3 (2016): 1-13.
Hunter, G., & Alves de Alves, D. A ETNOGRAFIA DA UNIVERSIDADE: Entrevista com a professora Gina Louise Hunter. Rita de Cássia de Alcântara Brauna (EDs). Educação em Perspectiva, Viçosa 7.1 (2016): 214-227.
Hunter, G. “Galeterias: Serving up Italo-Gaúcho Specialties in the South of Brazil”. Gastronomica: Critical Studies in Food and Culture 15.4 (2015): 59-69.
Hunter, G., & Nancy, A. A Decade of the Ethnography of the University Initiative. Hunter, Gina and Nancy Abelmann (EDs), Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in teh Social Sciences. Berghahn 6.3 (2013): 1-8.


“A Utilidade de um Conhecimento ‘Inútil’: Formação antropológica e perspectivas profissionais em dois cursos de graduação no Brasil e nos Estados Unidos”. "Utopias pós-crise. Artes e saberes em movimento" " XIV Congresso Luso-Afro-Brasileiro de Ciências Sociais (CONLAB 2021),. Congresso Luso-Afro-Brasileiro de Ciências Sociais (CONLAB). (2021)
Building Solidarity in the Slow Food Movement. Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Association for the Study of Food and Society. (2021)
What is the Value of an Undergraduate Anthropology Degree? Findings from Undergraduate Researchers at Five US Campuses”. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual. (2021)
Edible Insects a ‘Future Food:’ Who Benefits?. International Studies Seminar Series. Illinois State University. (2017)
"From Yuck to Yum: Are Insects the New Sushi?”. Annual Meeting, Central States Anthropology Society. University of Nebraska. (2017)
“Migrating Insects: Possible Futures for Insect Foods”. Joint 2017 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS).. Occidental College. (2017)
“Para uma antropologia da universidade: experiências de pesquisa nos E.U. e no Brasil” (“Toward the Anthropology of the University: Experiences from the US and Brazil”).. Ciências Sociais em Debate. Department of Social Sciences. (2015)
Creating Knowledge-Able Students through Reseaerch on the Library. Changing Teaching Changing Learning: Helping Students Become Knowledge-Able. CTLT. (2014)
Producing "Race" and Ethnicity at the Festa da Uva in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. 2014 AAA Annual Meeting. American Anthropology Association. (2014)

Grants & Contracts

CAS Interdisciplinary Research Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2017)