Allison Carruth is an assistant professor of English at UCLA, starting this fall, and has served most recently as the associate director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research examines the intersections of contemporary literature, food politics, and life science. She is co-organizer of the Food Justice Conference and book review editor for Gastronomica. Her first book, Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She is working on a new book project entitled The Transgenic Age.