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Fabio Parasecoli's research focuses on the intersections of food, media and politics. His current work examines food and masculinity in movies and the sociopolitical aspects of food, international trade and intellectual property. Deeply involved in the international food studies movement, he is program advisor at Gustolab, a center for food and culture in Rome; he helped establish the Study Abroad program in Rome for the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; and he is on the advisory board for the MA program in Food Systems at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona. Professor Parasecoli also teaches courses on food and media at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Born in Rome, Professor Parasecoli is a former correspondent who covered politics and East Asian cultures while working frequently in Asia and the Middle East. He did two years of post-graduate research in China on contemporary Chinese history. Having grown up in a culture where food is a complex, contentious and dynamic issue, he gradually shifted his professional focus to food writing. He worked for many years as the U.S.correspondent for Gambero Rosso, Italy's authoritative food and wine magazine.