Journal Editorial Board
Co-Editor: University of Michigan
Maria is a PhD student in Health Policy and Sociology at the University of Michigan. She holds a BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences and MS in Food Systems from the University of Vermont. Her research explores the interplay between socially-patterned food and health behaviors and population health trends, with a particular focus on addressing chronic disease disparities among immigrant and minority populations. Her work has been published in Appetite, Food, Culture & Society, and Frontiers in Medicine.
Co-Editor, Book Reviews: University of Edinburgh
Cormac is an ESRC-funded research student in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He holds an MA in the Anthropology of Food from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Drama Studies and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin. He has a professional background in the arts industry and sustainable food systems. He now researches human-animal relations and environmental politics in the Western Isles of Scotland, examining tensions at the intersection of crofting, aquaculture, capture fisheries, and nature conservation.
Co-Editor: University of Exeter
Jess is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Exeter in the UK. She has an MA from SOAS in the Anthropology of Food and an MRes from Goldsmiths University in Visual Cultures. Her ERC-funded doctoral research focuses on the intersections of masculinity and race in articulations of craft and manual labor along the the British meat commodity chain. Her ethnographic fieldwork has included working with shepherding communities, slaughterhouses, butchers, and meat markets. Jess has a professional background in book publishing and has had articles published in The Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery journals on both Offal and Landscape. She shares visuals on Instagram @jessfagin.
Co-Editor: Concordia University
Maya is a Vanier scholar and PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She completed her master’s in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences and holds a BS in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Administration. Her doctoral research examines fermentation and feminist theory, particularly attending to questions of power, performativity, and material practice. She tweets at @heymayahey and shares visuals on her Instagram feed, @heymayahey.
Co-Editor; Former On-Site Conference Coordinator, 2017-2018: University of North Carolina
Katherine is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of North Carolina, focusing on historical foodways and its relation to modern consumption patterns and attitudes towards food, society, and the media. She holds a BA in Plan II Honors and French from the University of Texas and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. Katherine has an academic and professional background in food writing, food photography, and research, and has had her work featured in publications including The Boston Globe, t.e.l.l. New England, and The Ethnic American Food Today Encyclopedia, among others. She also shares her work on her blog, tweets at @kchysmith, and shares visuals on her Instagram, @kchysmith.
Co-Editor: University of Ottawa
Shayan is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Ottawa. His research explores how mass-market cruise lines in the American market produced cultural encounters through dining experiences in the late twentieth century. He earned from the University of Toronto an MA in Food History and BA in History. His articles have appeared in Food, Culture & Society, and the Journal of Tourism History.
Co-President; Conference Coordinator, 2020-2021
Carlynn (she/her) recently completed her MA in southern studies at the University of Mississippi, where her work explored the intersections of food, race, and labor. She holds a BA in English and a BS in public relations from the University of Florida, as well as a certificate in food writing and photography from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Her work has been published in Gastronomica, as well as various food publications. She sometimes tweets at @__carlynn before or after a good bottle of Italian table red, and her work can be found at carlynncrosby.com.
Co-President; Treasurer, 2017-2018: Indiana University
Ariana (she/her) is a doctoral student in Anthropology at Indiana University, where she studies eating in public as a performance of urban inequality. She holds an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University and a BA in Egyptology from Brown University; her work has been published in Food and Foodways and Gastronomica. She is a vermouth maker learning to develop film photographs, and you can learn more about her work at arianagunderson.com
Stephanie is a recent graduate of the MA food studies program at New York University. Her interdisciplinary research explores forms of oppression and resistance through food with a focus on hunger strikes and force feeding in the United States. She holds a BA in History from McGill University.
Shirin is a recent graduate of University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH). Her research explores the intersection of nostalgia, food, and children’s media. She has a BA in Global and International Studies with a double minor in art history and business administration from Loyola University Chicago. Before beginning her graduate degree, she studied food and photography in Rome and worked at food + tech startup, Farmer’s Fridge.
Treasurer: University of California, Santa Cruz
Rikki is a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently conducting twelve months of dissertation fieldwork in the winemaking regions in the Republic of Georgia. Her research is interested in the formation of national identity within the wine tourism industry. Her project brings together food studies, political economy, and political ecology as it explores a food commodity through the geopolitical lens of occupation. Rikki has a MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BA in Russian Studies from Grand Valley State University. She also has over twelve years of experience in the restaurant industry and has obtained her introductory sommelier certification. Rikki occasionally pops bottles on Instagram at @reekee.cim.
Outreach and Programming Coordinator: California State University, Fullerton
Bailee(she/her) is a Masters student in Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. Her research is centered around commensality and explores eating habits in relation to the work-life balance. She is passionate about the importance of social eating, reading, writing, and furthering her academic career in food studies. Prior to starting her ongoing research, she received a BA in Sociology and a MA in Education from Concordia University. She tweets at @BayBlankemeier.
Scholarly Communications Coordinator: University of Toronto
Kaitlin (she/her) is a mixed Filipina Migmaw scholar activist living as a settler between Tkaronto/Toronto, the Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe nations and was raised by Treaty 19 Territory or known as ‘Caledon, Ontario.’ She’s a MA student of Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research is exploring the possibilities of settler Filipino food sovereignty and kinship building amongst Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities through food growing.
Conference Coordinator: University of California, Davis
Gwyneth (she/her) is a geography Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis, where her work focuses on the nexus of standards, regulations, and equity issues within local food systems. She holds an M.S. in geography from Portland State University, and a B.A. in anthropology and environmental studies from Emory University. She is a James Beard Foundation National Scholar, occasionally tweets at @gwynethmanser, and is currently working on perfecting her tiramisù recipe.
Lindsay Anne Herring
Social Media Manager: Chatham University
Lindsay (she/her) is a Masters student of Food Studies at Chatham, University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her research lives in the intersections of history, activism, art, and food. Her current project is understanding Italian foodways in Pittsburgh as a vehicle for larger community building. Lindsay has a BA in Musical Theatre and Dance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Former Board Members
Jessica Carbone, Co-President, 2019-2021
Erica Zurawski, Co-President, 2019-2021
Molly Mann, Treasurer, 2019-2021
James Edward Malin, Library Services Liaison and Scholarly Communications Coordinator, 2019-2021
Alanna K. Higgins, Programming and Outreach Coordinator, 2019-2021
Archish Kashikar, Social Media Manager, 2020-2021
Catherine Peters, Co-Editor, 2019; Editor-in-Chief, 2018-2019, Managing Editor, 2017-2018, Associate Editor, 2016-2017
Anastasia Day, GAFS President, 2017-2018
Gretchen Sneegas, Vice President, 2017-2018
Claire Bunschoten, Associate Editor & Communications Editor, 2017-2018; On-Site Conference Coordinator, 2017-2018
Emma McDonell, Managing Editor, 2016-2018
Sally Baho, Managing Copy Editor, 2016-2018
Edwige Crucifix, Book Reviews Editor, 2016-2018
Emily Contois, Editor-in-Chief, 2016-2017; Managing Editor & Communications Editor, 2015-2016
Brad Jones, GAFS President, 2016-2017
Tommy Le, Conference Coordinator, 2016-2017
Jake Eaton, GAFS Secretary, 2016-2017
Carla Cevasco, Editor-in-Chief, 2014-2016
Clara Hanson, Book Reviews Editor, 2014-2016
Zachary Nowak, GAFS President, 2014-2015