Shelley Koch

Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology Sociology

Dr. Koch has been teaching Sociology at Emory & Henry College since 2010. 

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she received her degrees from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Her areas of specialization include gender, food studies, the environment, and consumer society. She also teaches in courses in the Women and Gender Studies and Food Studies programs. 

She has published three books. The first, A Theory of Grocery Shopping: Food, Choice, and Conflict, was published in 2012 and is based on her dissertation research looking at the social organization of grocery shopping from the perspective of the grocery shopper. Her next book, an edited collection titled Food, Masculinity, and Home: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, was published in 2017. Her most recent book, Gender and Food: A Critical Look at the Food System, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in March 2019. This book examines how gender shapes the food system from growing food to eating it.

She has also published articles in disciplinary journals such as Social Currents and American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 

 She received the HOPE Award in 2018 for her work on sustainable local food systems, and tends a garden and raises chickens in Washington County.


M.A. and Ph,D.,

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

 B.A. summa cum laude, Sociology and Philosophy

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Honors in Sociology 


Some of the courses Dr. Koch teaches include:

  • SOCI 221 Cultures and Peoples
  • SOCI 230 Environmental Sociology
  • SOCI 240 Consumer Society
  • SOCI 250 Food and Justice
  • SOCI 252 Social Stratification
  • SOCI 260 Studies in Culture
  • SOCI 334 Social Theory
  • SOCI 450 Senior Seminar
  • WGST 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • ETLA 410 Food
  • SOSS 200 Introduction to Research Methods
  • SOSS 301 Qualitative Methods

Contact Info

McGlothin-Street Hall, Room 335
Emory, VA 24327


McGlothlin-Street Hall