Born in Australia, I grew up in the Big Sky Country of Montana. I spent a bit over a decade training in classical ballet before turning my attention to the study of food, health, and culture.
At the University of Oklahoma, I majored in Letters and minored in Medical Humanities, while completing the pre-requisites for nutrition science. Advised by Julia Ehrhardt, I wrote my honors thesis on the language of the dieting industry. I went on to study public health nutrition at UC Berkeley, where I also taught undergraduate nutrition courses, finding my true passion in teaching. After marrying my husband (who’s a rock star physical therapist and athlete), I tried my hand at employee wellness, helping to launch Healthy Workforce at Kaiser Permanente.
Seeking a return to my roots in the liberal arts, I next studied Gastronomy at Boston University in the program co-founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. I had the privilege to study under Rachel Black and Carole Counihan. In my masters thesis, advised by Warren Belasco, I analyzed the marketing of the three leading diet programs in the United States (Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and Jenny Craig) to men in the twenty-first century, exploring their constructions of masculinity in an age of obesity.
I am a third year PhD student in American Studies at Brown University, where I explore the connections between food studies, nutrition, and public health in the everyday American experience and popular culture. Examining gender and consumption, my dissertation project explores the cultural mechanics of the gender coding of food, eating, cooking, and dieting, paying particular attention to the construction of masculinities in “post-second-wave” America.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
As I continue my interdisciplinary studies of food, nutrition, and public health, this blog is a place for some of my finished work, as well as lots of projects that are in process or ideas that are just rumbling around in my mind. Please feel free to comment and engage! It’s okay to be critical, but please be kind.