Anna Lim, PhD

School of Research & Graduate Studies



Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Nutrition Program &
Master of Science in Global Health Program



Food & Culture



PhD, University of Virginia

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Anna Lim is cultural anthropologist with a broad range of interests from social inequalities and social justice to science and technology studies to the anthropology of food. Her past research focused on population policies and family planning as state tools for making distinctions between citizens and limiting social rights in France’s former colonies in the Caribbean. Her current research turns to digital technologies and robotics in the caring professions to ask questions about what it means to be human. Anna received her BA from UC Berkeley and her PhD from the University of Virginia, but also studied in France at the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

As an anthropologist, Anna is interested in helping students understand how culture shapes action and thought and the way that people perceive the world around them. She is fascinated by other cultural systems and what we can learn from them. Anna lived in France for 10 years and England for one year, and has also traveled extensively to other parts of the globe. Aside from her academic pursuits, Anna cooked professionally for 10 years, and works in the wine industry.