Michael Chrobok, Human Geography PhD Student

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Home Campus:
U of T St. George

PhD:
Supermarket financing programs and food accessibility in New York City

Other Degrees:
MA, Geography, York University (2014)
Hon. BA, Geography & Political Science, York University (2012)

Honours & Awards:
2015 - Joseph A. May Scholarship
2014 - SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral
2014 - University of Toronto Doctoral Entrance Scholarship
2013 - SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master's
2012 - Chancellor Bennett Master's Scholarship for the Liberal Arts
2012 - York University Graduate Entrance Scholarship
2012 - Governor General's Academic Medal, Silver
2012 - Canadian Association of Geographers Undergraduate Award
2012 - Atkinson Students' Association Scholarship
2011 - Geography Undergraduate Achievement Award
2011 - York University Faculty Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
2008 - Arthur Francis Williams Entrance Award
2008 - York University President's Scholarship

Supervisor(s):
Sarah Wakefield

Contact Information:

Office: Sid Smith Hall, 617A

Email: michael.chrobok@mail.utoronto.ca

Twitter: @mwchrobok

Personal Website: https://utoronto.academia.edu/MichaelChrobok

Research Interests:

  • Food accessibility, food deserts, and food justice
  • Consumer preferences and shopping behaviours in multicultural cities
  • The cultural politics of NASCAR racing

Teaching This Academic Year:

Winter 2016: 

GGRB05 – Urban Geography (Scarborough)

GGR252 – Marketing Geography (St. George)

Selected Publications:

Recent Contributions: 

Kepkiewicz, L., Chrobok, M., Whetung, M., Cahuas, M., Gill, J., Walker, S., & Wakefield, S. (2015). Beyond inclusion: Toward an anti-colonial food justice praxis. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.014

Chrobok, M., Tabor, G., & Zhang, S. (2015). Beyond street meat? Vendor and public perspectives on expanded menus at Toronto’s hot dog carts. Report prepared for the Toronto Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto. 69 pp.

Forthcoming Contributions: 

Book review: “Motorsports and American culture: From demolition derbies to NASCAR”. [Submitted to Sport in Society]

The feminist kitchen after DeVault: Three fresh books on gender and food reviewed.

Disrupting the food desert/oasis binary: Ethnic grocery retailers and perceptions of food access in Humbermede, Toronto.

“I’m gonna travel out of my way to get cheaper food”: The grocery acquisition behaviours and experiences of Humbermede, Toronto residents.

See ‘you’ in victory lane? NASCAR and discursive constructions of the ‘good American’ citizen.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces