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Education 

PhD, AMERICAN STUDIES, expected May 2018
Brown University 

Doctoral Certificate: Gender and Sexuality Studies, expected May 2018

Dissertation: “The Dudification of Diet: Food Masculinities in Twenty-First-Century America”

Dissertation Committee: Susan Smulyan (chair), Professor of American Studies and Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage; Richard Meckel, Professor of American Studies; Deborah Weinstein, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Preliminary Exam Fields: Twentieth Century U.S. Cultural History: Consumption, Popular Culture, and Media Studies; Women and Gender Studies; Historical and Critical Studies of Food and Health

MA, AMERICAN STUDIES, 2015
Brown University

MLA, GASTRONOMY, 2013
Boston University

Thesis: “Marketing Weight Loss Programs to Men in the Twenty-First Century” Advisor: Warren Belasco, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, University of Maryland; Second Reader: Carole Counihan, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Millersville University

MPH, PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 2009
University of California, Berkeley 

Comprehensive Exam: “How Do We Increase Teacher Participation in a School District-Wide Worksite Wellness Program? A Focus Group Plan for Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose, California;” Advisors: Lia Fernald, Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Susan Kayman, Acting Director: Program in Public Health Nutrition (2007-2013)

BA, LETTERS (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 2007 
University of Oklahoma

Minor: Medical Humanities (Food, Culture, and Health), Advisor: Sarah Tracy, Associate Professor of History of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Honors College

Honors Thesis: “Revealing the Darker Side of Dieting: Using Eating Disorders to Keep Americans Fat and Coming Back for More,” Advisor: Julia Ehrhardt, Associate Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma Honors College


Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

‘Lose Like a Man:’ Gender and the Constraints of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 17, no. 1 (2017): 33-43.

“Healthy Food Blogs: Creating New Nutrition Knowledge at the Crossroads of Science, Foodie Lifestyle, and Gender Identities.” Yearbook of Women’s History. Special Issue: Gendered Food Practices from Seed to Waste. 36 (2016), 129-145.

‘He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich:’ Advertising Australia’s National Food in the United States, 1968-1988.” Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. Special issue: Australian Marketing History 8, no. 3 (2016): 343-357.

Guilt-Free and Sinfully Delicious: A Contemporary Theology of Weight Loss Dieting.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Special Issue: Religion and Fat 4, no. 2 (2015): 112-126.

Not Just for Cooking Anymore: Exploring the Twenty-First Century Trophy Kitchen.” Graduate Journal of Food Studies (2014): 1-8.

Toned Tummies and Bloated Bellies: Activia Yogurt and Gendered Digestion.” CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures 5, no. 1 (2014). (Best Graduate Student Paper Award).

Food and Fashion: Exploring Fat Female Identity in Drop Dead Diva.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Special Issue: Visual Representation 2, no. 2 (2013): 183-196.

Manuscripts in Submission & Preparation

Article in Submission: “Welcome to Flavortown: Guy Fieri’s Populist American Food Culture.” Submitted to American Studies. Approved by editor (October 2017). Currently completing minor revisions. Slated for double blind review December 1, 2017.

Book Chapter in Preparation: “Blogging Food, Performing Gender.” Cambridge Companion to Food and Literature. J. Michelle Coghlan (Ed). Cambridge University Press. Under contract.

Book Chapter in Submission: with Anastasia Day, “History of Food and Public Health.” In Food and Public Health, Allison Karpyn (Ed). Oxford University Press. Accepted by Editor, July 2017.

Review in Submission: “A.R. Ruis, Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States.” Social History of Medicine. Accepted by Editor November 2017.

Review in Preparation: “Natalie Jovanovski, Digesting Femininities: The Feminist Politics of Contemporary Food Culture.” CuiZine. Invited August 2017, due December 2017.

Book Chapters

with Lucia Austria, “Nutrition for Restaurant Managers,” in Hospitality Management Learning Modules. Peter Szende (Ed.)  New York: Pearson Prentice Hall (2014).

with Julie Elder, “Long-term Care Dining Service,” in Hospitality Management Learning Modules. Peter Szende (Ed.) New York: Pearson Prentice Hall (2014).

with Karen Purdy-Reilly and Julie Elder, “Health Care Food Service,” in Hospitality Management Learning Modules, Peter Szende (Ed.) New York: Pearson Prentice Hall. (2013).

Review Essays

“Food Culture at the Margins: Two New Books on Eating Disorders.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 17, no. 3 (2017): 104-105.

Book Reviews

Camille Bégin, Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America’s Food. Global Food History 4, no. 1. (2018)

Katharine Vester, A Taste of Power: Food and American Identities. Food, Culture & Society 19, no. 4 (2016). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15528014.2016.1235836

Amy Bentley (editor), A Cultural History of Food in the Modern Age. Graduate Journal of Food Studies 2, no. 2 (2015).

Adam Shprintzen, The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921. Food and Foodways 22, no. 4 (2014).

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century. HARTS & Minds: The Journal of Humanities and Arts 2, no. 1 (2014).

Charlotte Biltekoff, Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health. Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture 3, no. 1 (2014).

Reference Entries

“Business Lunch,” in Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City. Andrew F. Smith (Ed). Oxford University Press. (2015). (500 words)

“Supermarkets,” in Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City. Andrew F. Smith (Ed). Oxford University Press. (2015). (1,000 words)

“Weight Watchers,” in Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City. Andrew F. Smith (Ed). Oxford University Press. (2015). (1,000 words)

“New Zealand American,” in Ethnic American Food Today. Lucy Long (Ed.) Lanham, MI: Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). (1,500 words)

“Low-Carbohydrate Diets,” in Food Issues. Ken Albala (Ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (2015). (3,000 words)

“Trophy Kitchens,” in Food Issues. Ken Albala (Ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (2015). (1,000 words)

“Gender and Dieting,” in Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. P.B. Thompson, D.M. Kaplan, K. Millar, L. Heldke, and R. Bawden (Eds.) New York: Springer. (2014). (4,000 words)

“Feeding Children,” in Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. P.B. Thompson, D.M. Kaplan, K. Millar, L. Heldke, and R. Bawden (Eds.) New York: Springer. (2014). (4,000 words)

Non-Refereed Scholarly Online Writing

“The Many Potential Futures of Food Studies.” Graduate Journal of Food Studies, November 13, 2017.

with Katherine Hysmith, “The Future Publics of Food Studies: A Conversation.” Graduate Journal of Food Studies, November 13, 2017.

“Microwave Cookbooks: Technology, Convenience & Dining Alone.” Nursing Clio. October 24, 2017.

“Real Men & Real Food: The Cultural Politics of Male Weight Loss.” Nursing Clio. August 15, 2017.

“Helen Atwater: The First Lady of American Nutrition You’ve Never Heard Of.” Nursing Clio, Bites of History Series on the History of Nutrition. May 3, 2017.

“Defining Food Studies and the Next Four Years.” Graduate Journal of Food Studies. March 1, 2017.

“Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee: A Site and Source of Bostonian Identity Even During a Lockdown.” The Inquisitive Eater. April 22, 2013.

Other Writing

See Public Writing

Online Exhibits

What is American Food?, with Brown University students, May 2017
Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture, with Brown University students, May 2016
“Perception” in The Work of WaterFire: The Ephemeral Community, December 2013
Making the Modern American Food System, December 2012


Awards & Honors

Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, Gastronomy, Boston University, Metropolitan College, 2014
Best Graduate Student Paper, CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, 2014
The Julia Child Award for Academic Excellence in Gastronomy, Boston University, 2013 & 2011
The Julia Child Award for Academic Excellence in the History of Food, Boston University, 2012
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, UC Berkeley, 2008 & 2009


Grants & Fellowships

University Fellowship, Brown University, 2017 and 2013
Doctoral Research Travel Grant, Brown University, 2017
Salomon Curricular Grant, Brown University, 2017 and 2015
Conference Travel Funding, Brown University Graduate School, 2017, 2016, and 2015
International Travel Funding, Brown University Graduate School, 2016 and 2014
John Lax Memorial Fellowship, Brown University Graduate School, 2015
American Association for the History of Medicine Conference Travel Grant, 2015
American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar Culinary Culture: The Politics of American Foodways, 1765-1900, Tuition Grant, 2015
Jacques Pépin Award for Scholarship in Gastronomy and Food Studies, Boston University, 2013 & 2012
University Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2008
Reshetko Family Scholarship, UC Berkeley, 2008
Public Health Traineeship, UC Berkeley, 2007
Alpha Lambda Delta Graduate Fellowship, 2007
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, 2007


Invited Talks

“The Changing Nutrition Landscape: Insights from History and Culture,” Oldways Whole Grains Council Conference, Seattle, WA, November 2018.

“Diet Culture, Media & You: A Workshop,” Hot & Healthy Habits Retreat, Nashville, TN, May 2018.

“Cultivating an Online Presence: Hybrid Scholarship and Alternative Media,” Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, October 2017.

“Demystifying Diet Culture,” Keynote, Hot & Healthy Habits Retreat, Nashville, TN, June 2017.

“Guilt-Free and Sinfully Delicious: A Contemporary Theology of Weight Loss Dieting,” Diet, Nutrition and Obesity in the US, Professor Deborah Levine, Providence College, February 2016.

“Icons of Australian Food Culture: Vegemite, Kangaroo, and the Flat White,” Programs in Food and Wine, Pépin Lecture Series in Food Studies and Gastronomy, Boston University, November 2015.

“A Short History of Nutrition Science,” History of Medicine, Instructor Sara Verskin, University of Rhode Island, April 2015.

“The Dudification of Dieting: Gender and Weight Loss,” Diet, Nutrition and Obesity in the US, Professor Deborah Levine, Providence College, March 2015.

“’He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich:’ Marketing Australia’s National Food in America,” Taste Trekkers Food and Travel Expo, Johnson & Wales University, October 2014.

“Not Just for Cooking Anymore: Deconstructing the Twenty-First Century Trophy Kitchen,” Programs in Food and Wine, Pépin Lecture Series in Food Studies and Gastronomy, Boston University, January 2013.

“Food, Dieting, and Popular Culture,” Food and Culture, Instructor Mikelle McCoin, University of California, Berkeley, March 2010.


Conference Activity/Participation  

Conferences Co-Organized

The Future of Food Studies, Graduate Association for Food Studies, Washington University, conference planning committee, 2017

The Future of Food Studies, Graduate Association for Food Studies, Harvard University, conference planning committee, 2015

Food Heritage, Hybridity & Locality Conference, Brown University, conference planning committee, 2014

Panels Organized

Food, Identities & Knowledges: Ongoing Debates & Emerging Questions,” Graduate Association for Food Studies, Washington University, October 2017.

“Food Masculinities: Practices, Discourses, and Representations,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Occidental College, June 2017.

“A Place at the Table: Researching at the Intersection of Medical History and Food Studies,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, TN, May 2017.

“Games of the Self and Empire: Gender and Play in Consumer Culture,” New England American Studies Association, Boston University, March 2017.

“Interrogating Nutritionism and Dietary Science in Novel Food Products,” co-organized with Stephanie Maroney, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, University of Toronto Scarborough, June 2016.

“Forks Across the Aisle: Food Studies and a Collaborative Future,” The Future of Food Studies Graduate Student Conference, Graduate Association for Food Studies, Harvard University, October 2015.

Papers Presented

“’The Manliest Low-Calorie Soda in the History of Mankind:’ How Diet Sodas Construct Taste, Power & the Body,” Graduate Association for Food Studies, Washington University, October 2017.

“Welcome to Flavortown: Guy Fieri, Fusion Cuisine, and a Multicultural America,” Food Cultures, Mobility and Migration Conference. New Bedford, MA. September 2017.

“Guy Fieri: How the Chef Everyone Loves to Hate Defines Gender, Class, and the Nation,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Occidental College, June 2017.

“’Lose Like a Man:’ Weight Watchers, Masculinity & Health, 1963-2016,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, TN, May 2017.

“’It’s Like a Video Game:’ Marketing Food, Cooking, and Dieting to Men Through Discourses of Play,” New England American Studies Association, Boston University, March 2017.

“Designing Gender: Masculinity and Food Packaging,” 3rd International Conference on Food Design, February 2017. Watch here

“From Perfectly Natural to Better than Nature: The Cultural Construction of Milk’s Nutritionism in American Advertising,” Dietary Innovation and Disease in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, San Servolo Island, Venice, June 2016 and Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, University of Toronto Scarborough, June 2016.

“Healthy Food Blogs: At the Crossroads of Nutrition Knowledge and Foodie Lifestyle,” Pop Goes the Corn: 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Food and Pop Culture, Southern Foodways Alliance, University of Mississippi, September 2015 and The Future of Food Studies Graduate Student Conference, Graduate Association for Food Studies, Harvard University, October 2015.

“Guilt-Free and Sinfully Delicious: A Contemporary Theology of Weight Loss Dieting,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Chatham University, June 2015.

“The Rise and Fall of the Thrifty Genotype Hypothesis,” American Association for the History of Medicine, New Haven, CT, May 2015.

“Food, Fashion & Fatness: An Intersectional Approach to Drop Dead Diva,” Social Theory Forum, University of Massachusetts, Boston, April 2015.

“‘He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich:’ Advertising Australia’s National Food in the United States, 1968-1988,” Globalising the Magic System, University of Melbourne, December 2014 and Food Heritage, Hybridity, and Locality: An International Conference, Brown University, October 2014.

“‘It’s Like a Video Game:’ The Construction of Gender and the Limits of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, University of Vermont, June 2014.

“The Dudification of Dieting: Marketing Weight Loss Programs to Men in the Twenty-First Century,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Michigan State University, June 2013.

“Keeping Americans Fat and Coming Back for More: Analyzing Diet Literature,” Association for Food and Society Conference, New York University, June 2012.

“Not Just for Cooking Anymore: Deconstructing the Twenty-First Century Trophy Kitchen,” Anthropology: Food as Celebration and Spectacle panel, Language of Food Conference, Cornell University, April 2012.

Discussant

“Interrogating Food Science & Technology I,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, September 2017.

“Food Heritage, Localities & Tastings,” Food Heritage, Hybridity & Locality Conference, Brown University, October 2014.

Other

“#TeachingCookbooks: A Twitter Conversation on Food, Gender, History & Writing,” What is a Recipe? Virtual Conversation. July 2017. View here

“What Do Book Publishers Want?,” roundtable organizer, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Occidental College, June 2017.

“Social Media for Scholars,” roundtable participant, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Occidental College, June 2017.

“Navigating Academia as an Early Food Studies or Food Systems Scholar,” roundtable co-organizer, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Occidental College, June 2017.

“Food Safety Politics Then and Now: Analyzing Refrigerator Advertising 1920 to 1940,” poster, The Future of Food & Nutrition Graduate Research Conference, Tufts University, Friedman School, April 2013.

“Cookbooks as Works of Art and Status Objects,” roundtable participant, The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, New York City, February 2013. Listen here


Campus & Department Talks

“Lose Like a Man: Weight Watchers, Gender, and the Self” Pembroke Center Associates Council, November 2017.

“How Culture Shapes Industry & Science: The Case of Dude Food.” Brown University Fall Alumni Weekend, October 2017.

“Making the Graduate School Decision in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” panel, CareerLAB, Brown University, October 2017.

“Dude Food: Gender and Health in U.S. Popular Culture.” Brown University Advancement Division All-Staff Retreat, January 2017.

“Dude Food: Gender and Health in U.S. Popular Culture.” Research Matters! Brown University Graduate School, November 2016.

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Designing a Syllabus But Were Afraid to Ask,” panel, Professional Issues in American Studies, Professor Leticia Alvarado, Brown University, October 2016.

“Applying to Graduate School in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” panel, CareerLAB, Brown University, October 2016.

“Curating an Online Presence” with Professor Matthew Guterl, American Studies, Brown University, April 2016.

“Applying to PhD programs” peer-to-peer graduate student round table, American Studies, Brown University, October 2015.

“Men, Food and Dieting,” Anthropology of Masculinity, Professor Melissa Hackman, Brown University, April 2014.

“The Dudification of Dieting: Masculinity & Weight Loss in 21st Century America,” Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Masculinity Series, Brown University, March 2014.

“Not Just for Cooking: Status Making (and More) in the Twenty-First Century Trophy Kitchen,” Food and Drink in Classical Antiquity, Professor Sue Alcock, Brown University, November 2013.

“Life After Gastronomy: Pursuing the Ph.D.” with faculty panel, Gastronomy, Boston University, March 2013.


Teaching

Instructor

Food in American Society and Culture
Co-taught with Richard Meckel, Department of American Studies, Brown University, Spring 2018, Spring 2017

Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture 
Department of American Studies, Brown University, Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant

‘Johnny, Are You Queer’: Narratives of Race and Sexuality
Professor Ralph Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies Program, Brown University, Fall 2015

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies 
Denise Davis, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Brown University, Spring 2015

Global Macho: Race, Gender, and Action Movies
Professor Matthew Guterl, Department of American Studies, Brown University, Fall 2014

Introduction to Nutrition
Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley, Summer Sessions A & B 2009 (co-taught, responsible for 40% of lecture course), Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007

Pedagogical Training & Experience   

Instructional Design Assistant, Online Education Team, School of Professional Studies, Brown University, July 2016-Present
Certificate IV: The Teaching Consultant Program, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University, 2016-2017
Certificate II: The Course Design Seminar – Principles + Practice, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University, 2015-2016
Certificate I: Sheridan Teaching Seminar – Reflective Teaching, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University, 2014-2015
Winter Institute for Teaching and Technology, Brown University, December 2015
Teaching Methods in Nutrition Science, University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2007


Service to Profession

Institutional

Board Member, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2014-Present
Board Member, Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2015-Present
Board Member, H-Nutrition, 2016-Present
Social Media Coordinator, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2015-Present
Committee Member, First Book Prize, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2017-Present
Committee Member, Belasco Prize, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2015-Present

Editorial

Editor-in-Chief, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2016-Present
Managing Editor, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2015-2016
Communications Editor, Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2015-2016
Member Newsletter Editor, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2015-Present
Peer Review Committee Member, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2013-2015
Guest reviewer, Canadian Food Studies, 2017
Guest reviewer, Food, Culture and Society, 2015
Guest Reviewer, Journal of Folklore Research, 2014
Guest Reviewer, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 2014
Guest Reviewer, Food and Foodways, 2013
Guest Reviewer, Fat Studies, 2013, 2016
Editor, Gastronomy at BU blog, 2012


Department & University Service

Review Committee for Brown University Course Evaluation Instrument, 2017-2018
Founder, Food Studies at Brown, 2016-Present
Organizer, Food Studies at Brown Speaker Series, 2016-Present
Sheridan Center Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Brown University, 2016-Present
Sheridan Center Departmental Graduate Student Liaison, Brown University, 2015-Present


Extra Training & Experience

Brown Executive Scholars Training Program, 2016


Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2012-
Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2014-
American Association for the History of Medicine, 2015-


Additional Public Health Research & Work Experience

Research Assistant, Superfund Research Program, Community Engagement Core, Brown University 
June – September 2014 
Contributed to development of environmental health high school course curricula

Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Healthy Workforce
October 2009 – June 2013
Contributed to the development, implementation, evaluation, communications and marketing of wellness program for company’s more than 160,000 employees across the U.S.

Research Assistant, Sargent Choice, Boston University 
September – December 2011
Evaluated university-wide healthy dining program as part of research team

Intern / Specialist, Kaiser Permanente, HealthWorks 
May 2008  – September 2009
Supported development and sales of client worksite wellness programs

Worksite Wellness Specialist, Health*Matters, UC Berkeley 
November 2007 – March 2009
Supported wellness program for faculty, staff, and students