curriculum vitae | last updated, 10/29/2019

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PORTFOLIOS

  • Academic: penknifekitchen.com

  • Dissertation: foodherstory.com

  • Freelance: youngaustinian.com

EDUCATION

Currently, Ph.D. American Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Research interests: Food studies; Women & Gender Studies; Material Culture; and Digital Humanities.

Dissertation: "#Foodherstory: A History of American Women's Resistance Through Food & Technology"

Committee: Elizabeth Engelhardt (chair), Marcie Cohen Ferris, Barbara Friedman, Bernie Herman, Seth Kotch

M.L.A. Gastronomy, Boston University, 2014

Thesis: “’Civilized Tinklings’: Gentility, Ritual, & Social Distinctions in the Southern Tea Ritual”

Advisor: Warren Belasco, professor emeritus, American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

B.A. Plan II Honors and French, University of Texas, Austin, 2011

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • Center for the Study of the American South Graduate Travel Award, 2019

  • Graduate Professional Development Award, 2019

  • Schlesinger Research Support Grant, 2019

  • UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship (Royster), AY 2019-2020

  • Archie Green Fellowship, Department of American Studies, 2018

  • Teaching Assistantship, Department of American Studies, AY 2018-2019

  • Bland Fellowship, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, 2018

  • Digital Dissertation Fellowship, Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, 2018

  • Teaching Assistantship, Department of American Studies, AY 2017-2018

  • Summer Research Grant, Department of American Studies, 2017

  • Best Writing on Food — Student Division, Association of Food Journalists, 2015

  • Jacques Pepin Award, Gastronomy Program, Boston University, 2013

PUBLICATIONS

Editorial Assistant | Ferris, Marcie Cohen, ed. Edible North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming.

“BTS (Behind the Scenes): My life as an Instagram Influencer turned Instagram Scholar." In You Are What You Post: Food and Instagram, edited by Emily Contois and Zenia Kish. New York: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming. 

Co-author | Moore, Ricky. Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

“Cactus.” In We Eat What?: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States, edited by Jonathan Deutsch, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood,  2018.

“Eel.” In We Eat What?: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States, edited by Jonathan Deutsch, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood,  2018.

“Mealtime etiquette.” In The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, edited by Alexandra Kindell, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood,  2018.

“Special Occasion Meals.” In The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, edited by Alexandra Kindell, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood,  2018.

“Book Review: The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller,” North Carolina Historical Review 95, no. 1 (2018): 120.

“Book Review: Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking by Linda Civitello,” Indiana Magazine of History, Indiana University, Vol. 114, No. 2 (June 2018), pp. 154-156.

“The Future Publics of Food Studies: A Conversation” in Graduate Journal for Food Studies, Food-Stuff, Vol. 4 No. 2 (2017). https://gradfoodstudies.org/2017/11/11/the-future-publics-of-food-studies/

"Russian American Cuisine." In Ethnic American Food Today Encyclopedia, edited by Lucy Long. Maryland: AltaMira Press, 2015.

"Liberty Tree Shrub." Finalist for the Smithsonian Raise-A-Glass Cocktail Contest, 2014: https://web.archive.org/web/20140825202857/http://raiseaglass.smithsonianchannel.com/contest/

ACADEMIC + PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Social Media Coordinator, Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2019-present

  • Manage all social media platforms and feeds.

  • Organized and created original content and future social media strategies for journal launches, annual conference, and other events.

  • Organize, create, and distribute bi-annual member newsletter.

  • Produced "best practices" materials for social media users at our annual conference.

Historical Research Consultant, Chef Vivian Howard, 2019

  • Conducted historical and contemporary research for Howard's presentation at the 2019 Chow Chow Festival in Asheville, NC. 

  • Consulted with Howard's graphic designer to create a historical foodways map.

American Studies Senator, Graduate and Professional Student Federation, UNC, 2018-present

  • Elected position to graduate senate.

  • Represented my department's PhD and MA students' interests in the campus-wide federation.

Conference Coordinator, Future of Food Studies Conf., Graduate Association for Food Studies

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, October 4-6, 2018

  • Served as on-site co-coordinator and international conference planner for the GAFS annual meeting, which hosted (90 attendees/43 presenters).

  • Liaised with institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporate entities to fund conference.

  • Developed conference schedule, including coordination of plenaries and keynote speaker.

Chair, American Studies Graduate Student Association, UNC, 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Elected position to student board.

  • Facilitate communication between students, staff, and faculty.

  • Organize weekly colloquium, social events, and other academic and alt-ac workshops.

Communications Editor/ Associate Editor, Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2016- 2018

  • Assist journal board in editing, curating, and launching new journal issues.

  • Edit and manage new submissions.

  • Assist new communications editor with journal launch social strategies.

  • Created and managed all social media platforms and feeds.

Social Media Manager, Department of American Studies, UNC, 2017-2019

  • Created and managed all social media platforms and feeds.

  • Organized and created original content and future social media strategies.

  • Helped retool and rebrand departmental website.

  • Planned and led social media workshops for the department (and later other departments).

  • Curate a weekly social media round-up newsletter for faculty, staff, and students.

Summer Research Assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt, UNC, Summer 2017

  • Transcribed manuscripts from the Southern Historical Collection.

  • Communicated with off-site libraries and archives for visits/resource requests.

Fellow, Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship, UNC, 2016-2017 Academic Year

  • Selected as one of eight fellows in a year-long program.

  • Weekly meetings on topics of urban livability, infrastructure, and community.

  • Final project “A Place at the Table: A Foodways Walking Tour” to help explore the ways in which the community eats, shares, or even lacks food.

Social Media Intern, Culture: The Word on Cheese Magazine, Fall 2013

  • Created and managed the Writer's Whey online blog post series.

  • Managed and posted to social media platforms.

  • Managed platform analytics for future campaign strategies and consumer relations.

Social Media Intern, America's Test Kitchen, Summer 2013

  • Created and managed the Cook's Country Fair social campaign.

  • Coordinated and managed food blogger collaborations.

  • Managed and posted to social media platforms and consumer relations.

Research and Media Intern, Foodways Texas, 2011

Foodways Texas is a grassroots organization with goals to preserve and share Texas food histories, cultures and stories. 

  • Conducted historical and contemporary research for food symposium

  • Public relations and social media management

  • Coordinated the 2011 International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference co-sponsored event "Up in Smoke" at Boggy Creek Farm in Austin.

Research Assistant for Dr. Janine Barchas, UT-Austin, 2008-2009

For Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (Johns Hopkins 2012)

  • Transcribed manuscripts from the Harry Ransom Center, UT-Austin.

  • Communicated with off-site libraries and archives for visits/resource requests.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS

"Future of Food Studies and Media Studies," Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 2019.

Invited Panelist | "Sustainable Food Symposium," Carolina Humanities for the Public Good, Saxapahaw, NC, 2019.

“#FreeFireCider: Folk Herbalists, Feminist Hashtags, and the Instagram Modernity," Southeast American Studies Association, Emory University, Atlanta, 2019.

“Social Media for Scholars: Part II” Workshop, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2018.

Guest Lecture | "Food Studies and Digital Media," Nutrition Club, North Carolina State University, Spring 2018.

Guest lecture | "The (Very Abridged) History of American Drinking Culture," AMST 375: Food and American Studies: Cooking Up a Storm, UNC, Spring 2018.

Guest Lecture | "Food & Citizenship: Culinary Resistance and the Making of the American Table," AMST 101: Emergence of Modern America, UNC, Fall 2017.

Invited Panel  | "Cake and Critical Intersectionality: Slices and Speakers on Food, Faith, and Family," Discussion after UNC PlayMakers Repertory Company performance of The Cake, Fall 2017.

“#FreeFireCider: Folk Herbalists, Feminist Hashtags, and the Instagram Modernity," A digital presentation on Instagram Stories for the virtual #recipesconf, The Recipes Project, 2017.

“Social Media for Scholars” Workshop, Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference. Occidental College, Los Angeles, 2017.

“’Civilized Tinklings’: Gentility, Ritual, & Social Distinctions in the Southern Tea Ritual," Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference, University of Vermont, 2014.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • AMST 101 Intro to American Studies | Teaching Assistant

  • AMST 375 Food and American Studies: Cooking Up a Storm | Teaching Assistant

DIGITAL PROJECTS

"Foodherstory: A History of American Women's Resistance Through Food and Technology"

Digital component of my current dissertation project

https://www.foodherstory.com/

"Program in Sexuality Studies"

Developed website for SXST program for Director Sharon Holland, Summer 2019

https://sexualitystudies.unc.edu/

"Food & American Studies"

AMST 375 Course Website for Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris, Spring 2018

http://foodstudies.web.unc.edu

"Semiotics of the kitchen, 2.0"

Final digital art piece for graduate course AMST 498, Spring 2018

https://www.foodherstory.com/semiotics-of-the-kitchen-20/

"A Longer (Tar Heel) Table: The Long History of Lenoir Dining Hall and Campus Food"

Entry on the digital project, Names in Brick and Stone: Histories from UNC's Built Landscape, Fall 2018

https://unchistory.web.unc.edu/building-narratives/lenoir-dining-hall/

https://unchistory.web.unc.edu/files/2018/08/20171206FallHist671WaysideProjectHysmithK.jpg

"The Black Drink: Tea, in America" 

Digital repository for final class project The Doc Turn: Southern Cultures, Fall 2016

https://theblackdrink.wordpress.com/

SELECTED FREELANCE EXPERIENCE

Writing

"Mother Granola." Grlsquash: Mothers/Foremothers 1, 2018.

“Chicken Bridge Bakery Feeds Bodies & Minds with Baked-In Messages of Resistance." Indy Week, June 14, 2017.

Assorted Digital Copywriting for Southern Living, 2017.

“Lone Star Leftovers.” The Local Palate, November 2017.

“A Texas Christmas Feast.” Sift: King Arthur Flour, Holiday 2016. 

“A Ritual is Brewing: Tea in New England." t.e.l.l. New England 11 (2016): http://tellnewengland.com/issue11/teahistory.

“On forbidding Iceland terrain, tomatoes grow and achieve renown.” The Boston Globe, September 9, 2015.

“A Cure Thing: How the sausage gets made at Elias Cairo’s Olympia Provisions." Culture: the word on cheese, Winter 2016.

“A melon primer at the height of season.” The Boston Globe, July 31, 2012.

Winner, Best Writing on Food — Student Division, Association of Food Journalists, 2015 | “At Damnation Alley, small-batch spirits with a hyper-local twist.” The Boston Globe, January 7, 2014.

Recipe development

Recipe development, Edible North Carolina (see above).

Recipe development with Chef Ricky Moore for Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook (see above).

“Molasses Glazed Baked Buttermilk Donuts.” Eat Boutique, March 21, 2017.

“Banana Bread Granola.” Eat Boutique, May 31, 2017.

“Bloody Mariachi Cucumber Shots.” No. 4 St. James, May 27, 2015.

“Recipe for salsa verde.” The Boston Globe, August 13, 2013.

"Recipe for Southern pimento cheese." The Boston Globe, April 23, 2013.

Social Media Campaigns and Content Creation

COLLABORATIONS: Oreo, Mantry, No. Four St. James, Crow Canyon Homewares, Mighty Swell, Drizly, Minted, Jean & June, Just Porter, Green Blender, and various chefs and authors.

KING ARTHUR FLOUR, ongoing contributor for various campaigns.

THE MONGER, Communications Editor, 2014-2015.

CULTURE: The Word on Cheese, various campaigns 2013-2016.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN, various campaigns, 2013.


SKILLS

  • Microsoft Office

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom)

  • Social media platforms (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat)

  • Social media management tools (Buffer, Hootsuite

  • Web Development (HTML and some CSS)

  • Wordpress

  • Squarespace

  • Canva

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