Molly Hilton

Molly Hilton

Part-Time Faculty
PhD Candidate


313-577-5958 (fax)

3rd Floor, Faculty Administration Building

Molly Hilton

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Food Studies, Cognition/Embodiment, & Citizenship

How does food interact with the senses and memory? Does this affect how people make choices? My current research focuses on food and cognition. I am interested in body ideals and the stigma of “fat,” commensality (food-sharing), and concepts of citizenship in both Mexico and the U.S.A.



  • M.A. Anthropology, Wayne State University, 2012
  • B.A. English, Western Michigan University, 1991

Awards and grants

2016 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the UNC Yucatec Maya Summer Institute ($8,000)
2016, 2015 Graduate Professional Scholarship, Graduate School, Wayne State University (tuition scholarship)
2015 Dan Searle Scholarship - Institute for Humane Studies ($2,000)
2014 Anthropology Department Travel Award ($600)
2013 Leonard Moss Award for GTA Excellence, Wayne State University ($250)
2012 – 2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Wayne State University (tuition, stipend)
2011 Mentor of the Year, Winning Futures

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

My background includes a twenty year career in marketing where I directed award-winning branding, creative and strategy for Haworth, Inc., Bill Knapp’s Restaurants and others. One of the challenges I encountered in my marketing career was to lead diverse teams that all had to communicate and work together from their different perspectives. Drawing on these experiences I have consulted with many work teams to improve their collaboration and effectiveness. I have always been interested in different cultures and have mentored more than 100 exchange students and their host families.

Courses taught by Molly Hilton

Fall Term 2023