Michael  Dodson


Research Interests

I graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2017 with a degree in anthropology. I have been interested in various topics and issues studied by medical anthropologists since the early years of my college education, however, recently I have had an equally profound interest in the world of specialty coffee. The specialty coffee industry, including both production and consumption, comprises a very small percentage of the global coffee market but has caught the attention of many social scientists. These researchers are mostly interested in the impact this industry has on coffee farmers in developing nations, however my current research focuses on the unique culture of specialty coffee consumers. In particular I am concerned with how culturally specific sensory experience is constructed and the social determinants of coffee connoisseurship