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. I next tried my hand at employee wellness, helping to launch Healthy Workforce at Kaiser Permanente.
Seeking a return to my interdisciplinary roots, I then studied Gastronomy at Boston University in the program co-founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, where I studied with 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 currently a PhD candidate 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. My dissertation is titled, “The Dudification of Diet: Food Masculinities in Twenty-First-Century America,” and examines how media representations of food, cooking, and dieting negotiate and construct normative masculinities in our current historical moment.
My work has been published in CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, Fat Studies, the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, Inside Higher Ed, and The Inquisitive Eater, among others. I am also a contributor at Zester Daily, which was a 2016 IACP Award finalist in the Culinary Website category.
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.