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Sharon Stowers

Sharon Stowers

Dr. Stowers is an anthropologist and Registered Dietitian. She believes that America’s community college system is one of its best democratic ideas and loves teaching at HCC. Dr. Stowers oversaw the restoration of the on-campus historic Hays-Heighe House museum and she also served as HCC’s Scholar-in-Residence. She believes in experiential learning and includes field trips, archaeology digs, and video production in her classes. Prior to her academic career, she owned Nutrition Education Services International in Washington, DC.


  • BS, Rivier College
  • MEd, Framingham State College
  • MA, University of Maryland, College Park
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Credential: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Research Interests

  • Current Research Project: Gathering at the Community Table: Celebrating Harford’s Farms and Food
  • Political Economy of Food Systems
  • Transnational Migration
  • Role of Museums in Community Education


Stowers, S. “Salvadoran Immigrant Women and the Culinary Making of Gendered Identities: ‘Food Grooming’ as a Class and Meaning Making Process” in Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life off the Edge of the Table. Ed. Janet Page-Reeves. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Press, 2014. 2nd Printing, Paperback, March 2016.

Stowers, S. “Gastronomic Nostalgia: Salvadoran Immigrants’ Cravings for the Ideal Meal,” Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 51 (5): 374-393, 2012.

Stowers, S. "The Development of A Culturally Appropriate Food Guide for Pregnant Caribbean Immigrant Women Living in the United States." Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 92 (3): 331-336, 1992.

Stowers, S. Institutional Food Service and Nutritional Care. Yarmouth Port, MA:

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Maryland
  • Museum Studies/ Independent Study
  • Special Topics: Food, Culture and Society


  • Sociology
  • Sociology/Anthropology