Student Board

Journal Editorial Board

Julia Davies
Co-Editor, University of Arizona

Julia DaviesJulia Davies is a PhD candidate in the University of Arizona’s School of Geography, Development and Environment. She holds a BSc (Honors) in Environmental and Geographical Science and MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Julia’s PhD research addresses how low-income urban households in Zambia maintain food security amid persistent social and environmental challenges. Through this work, she aims to establish a more integrated understanding of the interactions among key components of urban food systems in sub-Saharan Africa, including household-scale urban agriculture, transitions in urban food retail environments, and urban food systems governance. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Food Policy, Cities, and Climate and Development.

Chika Kondo
Co-Editor, Kyoto University 

Chika KondoChika Kondo is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy of Agricultural Sciences at Kyoto University Graduate School of Agriculture. She holds a BS in Society and Environment and BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and MS in Natural Resource Economics from Kyoto University. Her research focuses on alternative food systems and organic small-scale farmers and their role in transforming food systems. She recently published an article on existing teikei groups exploring intergenerational producer consumer solidarity, diverse economies, and movement building in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

Mohini Mehta
Co-Editor, Uppsala University

Mohini Mehta_picMohini (she/her) is a PhD student in Sociology at Uppsala University. She holds an MA degree in Social Anthropology from Central European University (CEU), Hungary, and an MA in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), India. Her doctoral research explores the gastropolitics of Dalit groups in contemporary Delhi. Her academic work lies at the intersection of postcolonial feminism, identity politics and food studies. She is a spoken word poet who writes and performs poetry on gastropolitics, feminism, sexuality and subaltern sentiments. She has previously been a development professional and academic writing tutor. She is a bilingual translator and a professional storyteller. She documents her academic musing on food on instagram as @qissa_e_niwala

Eden Kinkaid
Co-Editor, University of Arizona

Eden KinkaidEden Kinkaid is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Arizona. Eden’s dissertation research focuses on the politics of place, heritage, and development in the context of local food economies and gastronomic tourism in Arizona. They are also involved in a collaborative research project on the impacts of COVID-19 on food and agriculture in southern Arizona. You can learn about this research and Eden’s other research projects on their website or by following them on Twitter @queergeog.

Maria Carabello
Co-Editor: University of Michigan 

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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.

Cormac Cleary
Co-Editor, Book Reviews: University of Edinburgh

Cormac ClearyCormac 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.

Jessica Fagin
Co-Editor: University of Exeter

Jessica Fagin

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 ESRC-funded doctoral research explores practices of sheep slaughter in England in so called “conventional” and halal slaughterhouses through the social, economic and legislative transitions of Brexit and Covid -19, asking what diverse slaughter practices can reveal about how nationhood is imagined. 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.

Shayan Lallani
Co-Editor: University of Ottawa

_Shayan 20180512_100242Shayan 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.

Association Board

Carlynn Crosby
Co-President; Conference Coordinator, 2020-2021

39e75229-d46e-4445-a270-f847fcb0959cCarlynn (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

Ariana Gunderson
Co-President; Treasurer, 2017-2018: Indiana University

Gunderson_ArianaAriana (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


Stephanie Borkowsky
Vice President

BorkowskyStephanie 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 Daly

Shirin Daly HeadshotShirin 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.

Rikki Brown
Treasurer: University of California, Santa Cruz

Brown_RikkiRikki 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.

Bailee Blankemeier
Outreach and Programming Coordinator: California State University, Fullerton

Bailee Bio PicBailee(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.

Kaitlin Rizzari
Scholarly Communications Coordinator: University of Toronto

IMG_2435Kaitlin (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.

Gwyneth Manser
Conference Coordinator: University of California, Davis

Gmanser_BWHeadshot1 (2)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 Anne HerringLindsay (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 & Editorial Members 

Maya Hey, Co-editor, 2018-2021

Katharine Hysmith, Co-editor, 2019-2020, Conference Coordinator, 2017-2018

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

Faculty Board

Information about our current and previous faculty board can be found on the faculty board page.