Maya Hey is a Vanier scholar (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada) and PhD candidate (Communication Studies, ABD) at Concordia University. She is also the recipient of the Public Scholars Award (2019) from the School of Graduate Studies and a former Fellow of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Her doctoral research examines fermentation and feminist theory, particularly attending to the questions of embodied knowledge, collective ethics, and interspecies thriving.
She completed her master’s degree in Food Culture and Communication at the Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (Pollenzo, Italy) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Administration. 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 issues. She has developed an array of collaborative projects with audiences ranging from pre-schoolers to health professionals and aims to engage the everyday eater with practical knowledge.