Maya Hey is a postdoctoral researcher with the Future Organisms project as part of an international trans-disciplinary team investigating Responsible Research and Innovation. She is also working under the direction of Dr. Erika Szymanski at Colorado State University on questions related to discourses of health, the rhetoric of microbiomes, and how we come to know microbial life. She also is the convenor of fff, an organization dedicated to bridging the themes of food, feminisms, and fermentation across sectors. In 2021, she was named an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group.
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND & WORK EXPERIENCE
Maya Hey recently completed her PhD at Concordia University (Communication Studies, with distinction) as a Vanier scholar, with research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Government of Canada). Her dissertation examined fermentation and feminist theory, particularly attending to the questions of embodied knowledge, collective ethics, and interspecies thriving.
While at Concordia, she was a recipient of the Public Scholars Award (2019) from the School of Graduate Studies and has served as a former Fellow of the Faculty of Arts and Science (video introduction here). Prior, she completed her master’s degree in Food Culture and Communication at the Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (Pollenzo, Italy) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Administration with an emphasis in chemistry.
Her work experience spans chemistry labs, culinary kitchens, organic farms, and food markets, where she has cumulatively garnered over 15 years of experience facilitating discussions around contemporary food and health issues. She has developed an array of collaborative projects with audiences ranging from pre-schoolers to medical professionals and aims to engage the everyday eater with practical knowledge.