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Education 

PhD, AMERICAN STUDIES, 2013–
Brown University 

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

Preliminary Exam Fields: Historical and Critical Studies of Food and Health with Richard Meckel, Professor of American Studies; Twentieth Century U.S. Cultural History: Consumption, Popular Culture, and Media Studies with Susan Smulyan, Professor of American Studies and Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage; Women and Gender Studies with Deborah Weinstein, Assistant Professor of American Studies

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 1 (2014): 1-8.

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.

Journal Articles

Toned Tummies and Bloated Bellies: Activia Yogurt and Gendered DigestionCuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures 5, no. 1 (2014).

Reviews

[forthcoming] Richard A. O’Connor and Penny Van Esterik, From Virtue to Vice: Negotiating Anorexia and Karen Eli and Stanley Ulijaszek (editors), Obesity, Eating Disorders, and the Media. Gastronomica.

Katharina 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 (Autumn 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).

Book Chapters and Reference Entries

[in progress] “Blogging Food, Performing Gender” in Cambridge Companion to Food and Literature. J. Michelle Coghlan (Ed.) Cambridge University Press.

[in progress] with Anastasia Day, “History of Food and Public Health,” Food and Public Health, Allison Karpyn (Ed.) Oxford University Press.

with Lucia Austria. Nutrition for Restaurant Managers in Hospitality Management Learning ModulesPeter Szende (Ed.)  New York: Pearson Prentice Hall (2016).

Business Lunch, Supermarkets, and Weight Watchers in Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City. Andrew F. Smith (Ed). Oxford University Press. (2015).

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

Low-Carbohydrate Diets and Trophy Kitchens in Food Issues. Ken Albala (Ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (2015).

with Julie Elder. Long-term Care Dining Service in Hospitality Management Learning Modules. Peter Szende (Ed.) New York: Pearson Prentice Hall (2015).

Feeding Children and 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).

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).

Other Writing

See Public Writing

Online Exhibits

Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture, with Brown University AMST0191Z students, May 2016
“Perception” in The Work of WaterFire: The Ephemeral Community, December 2013
Making the Modern American Food System, December 2012


Invited Lectures & Talks

Food Studies Research

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

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

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 AmericaTaste Trekkers Food and Travel Expo, Johnson & Wales University, October 2014.

Men, Food & 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.

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.

Academic Issues

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 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.

Life After Gastronomy: Pursuing the PhD  with faculty panel, Gastronomy, Boston University, March 2013.


Conference Activity/Participation  

Conferences Organized

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

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

Panels Organized

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

[forthcoming] 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

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

[forthcoming] 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.

[forthcoming] “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.

Other

[forthcoming] Professional Development Roundtable: What Do Book Publishers Want?, roundtable organizer, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, Occidental College, June 2017.

[forthcoming] Professional Development Roundtable: Social Media for Scholars, roundtable participant, 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 to audio here)


Awards & Honors

John Lax Memorial Fellowship, Brown University Graduate School, 2015
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
University Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2008
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, UC Berkeley, 2008 & 2009
Public Health Traineeship, UC Berkeley, 2007
Alpha Lambda Delta Graduate Fellowship, 2007
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, 2007
National Merit Scholarship, 2003-2007


Grants

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
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 Credit, 2015
Jacques Pépin Award for Scholarship in Gastronomy and Food Studies, Boston University, 2013 & 2012


Teaching

Instructor

Food in American Society and Culture
Co-taught with Richard Meckel, Department of American Studies, Brown University, 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 40% of course), Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007

Pedagogical Training & Experience   

Instructional Design Assistant, Online 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 & Engagement

Editor-in-Chief, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2016-Present
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
Member Newsletter Editor, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2015-Present
Committee Member, Belasco Prize, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2015-Present
Lead Organizer, Food Studies at Brown, 2016-Present
Sheridan Center Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Brown University, 2016-Present
Sheridan Center Departmental Graduate Student Liaison, Brown University, 2015-Present
Managing Editor, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2015-2016
Communications Editor, Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2015-2016
Peer Review Committee Member, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2013-2015
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
Brown Executive Scholars Training Program, 2016
Editor, Gastronomy at BU blog, 2012


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 Professional 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, and evaluation 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