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Last updated April 2019.


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

Exam Fields: Food Studies, Material Culture, Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Cultural History
Advised by: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities & John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies

  • M.A. American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019

Thesis: “Famous, Relatable, Cravings: Chrissy Teigen’s Culinary Self-Presentations”
Advised by: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt
Second Reader: Dr. Timothy Marr

  • B.A. History/American Studies Bard College, 2014

Thesis: “As American as Apple Pie: The History of American Apple Pie and Its Development into a National Symbol”
Advised by: Drs. Christian Ayne Crouch & Mark Lytle
Awarded: Bard College’s annual Edmund S. Morgan Prize for outstanding senior project in American Studies.

Fellowships & Awards

  • Graduate Travel Grant, Southeastern American Studies Association, 2019

  • Humanities for the Public Good / National Humanities Center Graduate Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, 2018-2019

  • The Richard Bland Fellowship, The Graduate School, UNC, 2018

  • Cherry Bombe Jubilee Student Scholarship, 2018

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of American Studies, UNC, 2017-2021

  • Edmund S. Morgan Prize, Bard College, 2014

  • Bard Scholarship, Bard College, 2010-2014

Presentations & Publications

  • “Buy Me, Be Me": Kim Kardashian West’s Entrepreneurship and Economies of Visibility” Conference Presentation | March 2019

    Southeastern American Studies Association Conference. Emory University.

  • “Digital Public Presence” Workshop | March 2019

    Humanities for the Public Good. HPG Fellows Spring Workshop Series.

  • "As American as Apple Pie: An Apple Pie Without Apples and Familiarity in Nineteenth Century America” Conference Presentation | June 2018

    Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • “Social Media for Scholars” Workshop | June 2018

    Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • "The (Very Abridged) History of American Drinking Culture” Guest Lecture with Katherine Hysmith | March 2018

    AMST 375: Food and American Studies. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • "Food + Patriotism: Setting the Thanksgiving Table” Guest Lecture | November 2017

    AMST 101: Emergence of Modern America. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


AMST 248/PSYCH 348/WGST 249 | Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice | UNC-CH Spring 2019 | Teaching Assistant to Drs. Michelle Robinson, Tanya Shields, Enrique Neblett
AMST 375 | Food and American Studies: Cooking Up a Storm | UNC-CH Spring 2018 | Teaching Assistant to Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris
AMST 101 | Emergence of Modern America | UNC-CH Fall 2017 | Teaching Assistant to Dr. Sharon P. Holland

Academic Service

Graduate Student Representative, Southeastern American Studies Association, Spring 2019-present

  • Serves on the board of the largest regional chapter of the American Studies Association

  • Supports association projects and conference planning

Social Media Manager, Department of American Studies, UNC, Fall 2017-2018 

  • Managed all department social media platforms and feeds.

  • Developed original content and social media strategy.

  • Planned and lead social media workshops for the department as necessary.

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

  • Redeveloped department website to better highlight social media activity and engagement.

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

  • Developed and managed digital content across social media platforms and feeds.

  • Tracked and managed social media platforms and association website.

  • Supported journal submission process and issue dissemination as well as membership campaigns and outreach.

On-Site Coordinator, Future of Food Studies Conference, Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2018 

  • Liaised with local institutions, non-profit organization, and corporate entities to raise over $10,000 to fund the conference program.

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

  • Co-managed on-site conference logistics.

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

  • Elected position to student board.

  • Established website for student organization.

  • Worked with student board to develop and share colloquium calendar.

Social Media Manager, Bard Student Government, Bard College, 2013-2014 Academic Year

  • Rebranded social media presence and implemented and managed editorial calendar.

  • Launched a social media campaign to drive student engagement online and in person at key events.

  • Developed blog posts and news updates for organization website. 

  • Served as a point of contact for students and routed inquires to appropriate persons and resources.

Professional Experience

Program Assistant, LongHouse Food Scholars Program, CookNScribble, May 2017-November 2017 

  • Coordinated application process, student on-boarding, and program schedule.

  • Facilitated student writing workshops and provides one-on-one student feedback.

  • Assisted with the program’s digital assets and social media presence.

  • Edited cookNcribble.com's essay series, Food Writer Friday.

Account Coordinator, NANN, Association Management Center, September 2015-June 2017 

  • Supported the smooth functioning of Neonatal Nurses Association of America (NANN) governing bodies (Board, Council, and committees) by providing scheduling, logistics coordination, meeting minutes, survey management, and record keeping support.

  • Contributed to a productive annual conference by assisting with registration, awards, reimbursements, scholarship programs, and contests.

  • Developed routine content (newsletters, home page blurbs, etc.) for NANN’s publications to promote NANN’s image with members, volunteers, and other constituents as well as the general public.

Corporate and Foundation Grantwriting Intern, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, October 2014-February 2015 

  • Wrote and edited grant proposals and reports for corporations and private foundations, including six figure grants, detailing AFC’s most recent data and accomplishments.

  • Researched private grant makers and assembled a list of prospects for the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Executive team.

  • Composed various modes of external relations’ communications including Letters of Inquiry, acknowledgement letters, blog posts, and informational materials for corporate funders.

Public Writing

Forthcoming "I am a God: Kanye West, French Restaurants, and Aspirational Eating in the United States," in Eaten (TBD). 
“Laura Shapiro Taught Me How to See,” CookNScribble, Food Writer Friday (2017).
Co-authored, “Food Rivalries: Pie- or Square-Cut Pizzas,” The Kitchn, Food Rivalries (2017).
“Dramatic shift in AFC's work, thanks to decades of change,” AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Insider Story (2015).


  • American Studies Association

  • Southeastern American Studies Association

  • Association for the Study of Food and Society

  • Graduate Association for the Study of Food and Society

  • UNC American Studies Graduate Student Association