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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, Popular Culture Studies with emphasis on Celebrity Studies, New Media Studies, and Fan Studies
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.


AMST 225 | Comedy and Ethics (The Ethics of Stand-Up Comedy) | UNC-CH Maymester 2019 | Graduate Research Consultant to Dr. Michelle Robinson
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

Fellowships & Awards

Southeastern American Studies Association, Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2019

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

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

  • Cherry Bombe Jubilee Student Scholarship, 2018

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

  • Department of American Studies, Bard College, Edmund S. Morgan Prize, 2014

  • Bard College, Bard Scholarship, 2010-2014

Publications | academic

Forthcoming Book Review, for North Carolina Historical Review.

Publications | non academic

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).


  • Forthcoming “Celebrity Cravings: Chrissy Teigen’s Multiracial Asian American Foodways” Conference Presentation | August 2019
    Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies International Conference. New York City.

  • “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

Service To Profession

Southeastern American Studies Association, Graduate Student Representative, Spring 2019-present
Department of American Studies, Social Media Manager, Fall 2017-2018 
Graduate Association for Food Studies, On-Site Conference Coordinator, Future of Food Studies Conference, 2018
American Studies Graduate Student Association, 2017-2018 Academic Year 
Bard College Student Government, Social Media Manager, 2013-2014 Academic Year

Graduate Journal of Food Studies, Associate Editor/Communications Editor, 2018 


  • 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