We have a whole new crop of interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Carol Dreibelbis.
Carol is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where she studied anthropology and environmental studies. Carol was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that traveled frequently—from national parks across the United States to the foothills of the Himalayas—and these experiences left her with a deep appreciation for and a drive to protect the natural world.
During college, Carol was a leader of the student sustainability group Greening Princeton, a member of the student-faculty group Greening Dining, an officer in the Princeton University Band (she plays flute), and a member of the campus vegetarian dining co-op. She also received funding through Princeton to spend a summer doing conservation-focused volunteer work in Madagascar with the NGO Azafady.
Carol focused her studies on the anthropology of food and eating. She wrote her senior thesis, “(Not Quite) as American as Apple Pie: An Ethnographic Study of the Place of Vegan Dessert Shops in American Culture,” on the cultural and environmental implications of veganism in the United States. Carol spent the summer before her senior year doing field research at a vegan donut bakery in Seattle, and then interviewed customers at a vegan ice cream shop in New York City to round out her research.
Beyond studying food, Carol also loves to make food. She has been vegan for almost five years and loves to bake anything with chocolate. She also enjoys writing, so she keeps track of her recipes through a blog. When she is able to get outside of the D.C. metro area, Carol enjoys hiking and camping with her family and playing with her family dogs.
Carol hopes to return to school soon to continue research on American foodways. In the meantime, she is thrilled to be a part of the Nourishing the Planet team.
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