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Juliet Tempest

Juliet Tempest

Second Year Cohort
Research Interests: 
China, especially Southern/Southwest; anthropology of modernity; science and technology studies; critical food and agriculture studies; political economy of global trade; epistemologies of nutrition; beyond-human biopolitics

About

If biopolitics captures how human life becomes productive of modern governance, Juliet Tempest’s doctoral research on beyond-human biopolitics investigates how the lives—and deaths—of humans and non-humans alike concern the modern state. In particular, her work follows meat consumption and production in Mainland China and how epistemologies of nutrition influence economic, environmental, social, and public health.
Juliet holds an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University, where she also received certificates in Finance and Translation & Intercultural Communication, and an M.A. with Distinction in Anthropology of Food from SOAS, University of London. Between obtaining those degrees, she worked for two years in Yunnan and Guangzhou, and spent another two years as Research and Editorial Assistant at the US-China Policy Foundation in Washington, DC, while teaching and volunteering with local food NGOs. This volunteer work inspired her master’s dissertation at SOAS, which pertained to the diet and health strategies of Chinese seniors participating in a US farmers market incentive program.