Claire Bunschoten is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill pursuing a PhD in American Studies. She works primarily with culinary history, popular culture, national identity, and consumption patterns. She holds a B.A. in History & American Studies from Bard College. Her undergraduate thesis, “As American as Apple Pie: The History of American Apple Pie and Its Development into a National Symbol” won the Edmund S. Morgan Prize for best senior project in American Studies.
Claire is a 2016 alumna of the LongHouse Food Scholars Program founded by James Beard Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Molly O'Neill. In 2017, Claire returned to the LongHouse Food Scholars Program as a teaching assistant. She has written for national outlets like The Kitchn, Eaten (publication forthcoming), and cooknscribble.