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 and culture.
At the University of Oklahoma, I studied Letters, “the original interdisciplinary major,” and wrote my honors thesis, advised by Julia Ehrhardt, 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 sweet 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.
I next studied Gastronomy at Boston University, while continuing to work with Healthy Workforce. My masters thesis, advised by Warren Belasco, 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 constructions of masculinity in an age of obesity.
I am currently a first year PhD student in American Studies at Brown University.
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.