Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Teresa Mares

Second Advisor

Tyler Doggett

Third Advisor

Kelley Di Dio


Food anthropology, first meals, last meals, death row, reentry, Reddit


In this research, I explored the significance of the first meal consumed upon release from incarceration, reflecting changes in the meanings of food during the period of incarceration. Comparing last meals helped to explain comfort food and degrees of agency, facilitating a better understanding of first meals, and enabling an analysis of similarities and differences between the two. Creating a museum virtual tour of significant art by Julie Green, thoroughly reviewing the literature, and conducting an open forum observational study with formerly incarcerated individuals provided insight into the role of first meals upon release from incarceration and the degree of agency previously incarcerated individuals have over food.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.