Catarina has a joint appointment in Anthropology and Southern Studies, and works closely with the Southern Foodways Alliance. Her research interests include Southern Foodways; Critical Race Studies; Social Justice; Food Systems; Social Movements and the connections between food and culture, identity, space and power.
Catarina holds a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in Ecological Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University.