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Last updated August 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 102 | Myth and History in American Memory | UNC-CH Fall 2019 | Teaching Assistant to Dr. Sarah Boyd
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

Publications | academic

Forthcoming Book Review, for North Carolina Historical Review.


  • “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 Nostalgia 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

Public Scholarship

  • Forthcoming “Home Cooking vs Cooking at Home" Invited Panelist | November 2019
    For the Love of Cooking: 2019 Food Writers Symposium. Charlotte, NC.

  • “American Pie” Invited Presentation | July 2019
    Workshop with East Durham Bake Shop. Durham, NC

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).

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/Folklore Graduate Student Collective