Sean Wyer


I currently live in London, where I occasionally write for publications like Vittles and, until very recently, Eater London

Most of my work is on food and culture, like my article for Eater London on the campaign to save the Strand's historic India Club, or my essay for Vittles about a multinational Italian market giant: Eataly the Invention of Italian Cuisine

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Academic Work

I am a final-year Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and a lecturer in Italian based at Balliol College, Oxford. I currently hold a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2023-4 academic year.

My most recent academic article is "Gourmet and the Ghetto: The Foodification of Rome's Historic Jewish Quarter", published in issue 23.3 of Gastronomica (2023). 

In my dissertation, I investigate multicultural heritage and cosmopolitan political rhetoric in contemporary Palermo, focussing on Islam and Judaism in Sicilian collective memory, and on ideas of Mediterranean identity. 

I am also interested in food and identity formation, and am currently working on a separate project on hyper-local culinary traditions in Italy.

See my academic profile on the Italian Studies department website for more.