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

Stephanie Borkowsky
President: University of Toronto

BorkowskyStephanie Borkowsky is a PhD student in History at the University of Toronto. Her research draw on food studies, carceral studies, history of law and history of medicine to explore forms of state oppression through food, specifically the historical and ongoing practice of force-feeding in the United States. She holds an MA in Food Studies from New York University and a BA in History from McGill University.


Martha Calvert
Vice Presidet: Virginia Tech

Screen Shot 2022-07-07 at 9.23.30 PMMartha Calvert is a PhD candidate in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. She holds a BS in Applied Nutrition and MS in Food Science from NC State University. Her current research explores the sensory quality of American hard cider, as well as consumer and producer preferences of the American cider drinking experience. She is passionate about qualitative research methods, sensory science, and artisan food systems.


Rikki Brown
University of California, Santa Cruz

Brown_RikkiRikki Brown 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.


Shirin Daly

Shirin Daly HeadshotShirin Daly 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.


Ariana Gunderson
Indiana University


Ariana Gunderson (any pronouns) is a doctoral student in Anthropology at Indiana University, where she studies the German recipe industry. 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


Aqeel Ihsan
York University

Aqeel pictureAqeel Ihsan is a PhD History Candidate at York University, specializing in migration and food history. His research interests focus on the South Asian diaspora currently residing in Canada. His doctoral research seeks to conduct a food history of Toronto by placing ‘smelly cuisines’ at the centre and chronologically tracing the history of the most prominent site where South Asian immigrants could purchase and consume South Asian foodstuffs, the Gerrard India Bazaar. He hopes his research can extend beyond food history and add to Canada’s overall history of immigration. Previously, he has published articles on the food history of Goan-Canadians as well as having conducted an oral history of Partition survivors.


Morgan Jenatton
El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR); École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

morganMorgan Jenatton is a PhD candidate in the Departamento de Agricultura, Sociedad y Ambiente at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Chiapas, Mexico and the Centre Norbert Elias at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Marseille, France. He holds an MS in agricultural development and socio-anthropology of food systems from AgroParisTech and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France. Morgan’s research compares the supply chains of bread in France and corn tortillas in Mexico, and how the production and consumption of these two highly emblematic foods is changing in alignment with different ecological, nutritional, or social factors. He can be found on Twitter at @momojena and ResearchGate.


José Lopez Ganem
Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI)

JLG FCCI Headshot 2020José Lopez Ganem is an emerging thinker on cacao and chocolate conducting interdisciplinary research drawing on the fields of history, government, management, religion, and trade. Currently, José is a director at the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI), focusing on the areas of innovation, outreach, and relationship management. He graduated magna cum laude from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 2018 with a B.B.A. in Food Business Management and from Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 2022 with a M.A. in Gastronomy and Food Studies. In his spare time, you can find him behind a nonfiction book or a printed British newspaper, all while enjoying over-steeped high quality black tea.


Former Board & Editorial Members 

Ariana Gunderson, Co-President 2021-2022; Treasurer, 2017-2018

Carlynn Crosby, Co-President 2021-2022; Conference Coordinator, 2020-2021

Stephanie Borkowsky, Vice President 2021-2022

Kaitlin Rizzari, Scholarly Communications Coordinator 2021-2022

Bailee Blankemeier, Outreach and Programming Coordinator 2021-2022

Gwyneth Manser, Conference Coordinator 2021-2022

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, 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, President, 2016-2017

Tommy Le, Conference Coordinator, 2016-2017

Jake Eaton, Secretary, 2016-2017

Carla Cevasco, Editor-in-Chief, 2014-2016

Clara Hanson, Book Reviews Editor, 2014-2016

Zachary Nowak, President, 2014-2015

Faculty Board

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