Faculty Q&A with Eric Rath

Name: Eric Rath

Undergraduate Major: History with a minor in Asian Studies

Why did you become a professor?
I decided to become a professor when I discovered that I could be paid for learning, conducting original research, and sharing that with others.  Being a food scholar has added benefits because I get to eat what I research.

Rath Sushi Book.

Why should someone study your subject?
Food is central to life and who we are.  Food literally becomes us, so we should know as much as we can about what we are putting in our mouths.

Before graduating, every student should:
Travel and eat widely and wisely.

What is your favorite place on campus?
The History department.  We have a lounge and areas for students to study in or hang out.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in life?
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry.  If it’s not fixable, then there is no point in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” (Padmasambhava, 8th century).