Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Danya E. Keene


I acknowledge that this research was conducted on land stolen from the Mattabesic, Paugusett, and Schaghticoke tribes which is currently occupied by a Western colonial power.

This study examines the physical characteristics of the interior of New Haven grocery stores and how these are designed to socially include or exclude racial minorities. Drawing upon critical race theory and using ethnographic research methods, I analyze similarities and differences amongst selected independent American and Asian grocery stores and how they communicate their cultural values to various social groups. Even if it is not explicit, white supremacist values are embedded in these spaces. This study critically examines how to represent BIPOC cultures and sociocultural values into general grocery stores across the nation. The differences observed among the sampled New Haven grocery stores speak to the important role of culture and cultural values in making food socially accessible to different racial and ethnic demographics.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access