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Jesse Dart

Swette Ctr Sust Food Systems
Assistant Research Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5402

Jesse Dart is a social anthropologist and writer whose origins are in southern Illinois. He has spent the past many years living, researching and studying overseas, most recently in Italy. His academic interests are in the anthropology of work, food, care and the concept of dignity.

As an anthropologist, he uses ethnographic methods and theories to study daily life, practices and beliefs. He has done field research in various cities in the US, Europe, and Australia. He has also conducted ethnographic fieldwork embedded inside two tech companies in San Francisco and London investigating the culture of care in the modern workplace, with a focus on employee benefits.

Jesse is a widely published author who’s published work is informed by his interest in food, travel, society, and culture. He’s written for Monocle, The Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, The Art of Eating, Vice, Bon Appetit, Petits Propos Culinaires, Gastronomica, Food & Foodways, and Digest Journal, and others.

Jesse received his PhD from the University of Sydney and is a dual Italian-American citizen.


B.A. Greenville College
M.A. Macquarie University
M.A. Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche
Ph.D. The University of Sydney


Dart, Jesse. Feeding the Hustle : Free Food & Care Inside the Tech Industry. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2022.

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 216The Sustainable Plate
AGB 216The Sustainable Plate
SFS 216The Sustainable Plate
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
NTR 780Practicum