I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Food Media at The University of Tulsa this semester. The majority of my twelve students were media studies majors, but others are majoring in music, psychology, political science, and accounting. None of them had taken a food-studies-type course before. Some of them weren’t all that interested in food at the beginning of our semester, though that would change! On our last day of class, we enjoyed a final meal together and worked on a top ten list of what we learned over the course of the semester. Our list includes particular readings, concepts, experiences, skills, and feelings. Here’s what resonated most with my students this semester: Food is more than just food. We should study it seriously. Food reveals a great deal about the structural (in)equalities and (in)justice of the societies in which we live. Food is gendered, from the theorization of food porn to “the woman problem” of the culinary industry to the ongoing inequitable divide of domestic food labor. “Authentic” and “ethnic” are complicated and problematic terms that we’ll …
My students’ Instagram lives made me reflect on mine, my first posts, and who I want to be on the app.
Through historic cookbooks, Instagram, and 30+ virtual guests, “Food Media” critically considers our global food system through media.
A panel synopsis on the intersection of food studies & media studies that explores key texts, concepts, challenges & a future research agenda.
A 2019 ASFS conference debrief, plus why the Alaska governor’s 41% cut to the university system matters for all of us.
The SFA Summer Field Trip explored the food culture of Bentonville, Arkansas, a booming and blossoming city shaped by immigrants, corporate interests, and a deep sense of place.
My students and I tested out unessays this semester, an assignment I now highly recommend.
Emily Contois and Zenia Kish welcome chapter proposals on the topic of food and Instagram for an edited collection.
My students translated 1500-word essays into infographics. I share details for instructors interested to try a similar assignment.
I reflect on what my students and I read, wrote, and learned in a course on persuasion in the U.S.
In November 2018, I had the opportunity to present at the Oldways Whole Grains Council Conference in Seattle, Washington.
I chatted with a first year TU student about researching and teaching in media studies and food studies.
Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael Wise discuss the new fellowship, food studies at UNT, and what it’s like to live, work, and eat in Denton.
I chatted with fellow dieting scholar Adrienne Rose Bitar on her new book: Diet and the Disease of Civilization.
I blog as an academic for a number of reasons, but this year I had some new reflecting to do.