Alberta Devor

Alberta is a sophomore studying Computer Science from Brooklyn, NY. Alberta is interested in the intersection between social and cultural expectations and eating patterns. She is specifically passionate about how cultural expectations can create racialized and gendered patterns of eating that create social inequities. Her favorite place to eat in the College Hill area is Soban Korean Eatery.

Arianna Diaz

From Phoenix, Arizona, Arianna is a senior at Brown University, concentrating in Urban Studies. Having grown up in a household that connected with each other through their love for spicy food, she was interested in discussing food in an academic setting as well.

Lucy Duda

Lucy is a freshman from [a town so small you’ve definitely never heard of it], Vermont, concentrating in American Studies and Education. The limited cultural and food options in her little corner of the world have made her ravenously curious, sparking a lifelong quest for more diversity of experience, political thought, and dining opportunities. Her interest centers on food as a means of creating and performing social identity and on making social justice discourse approachable and accessible to a broader, less educationally-privileged public.

Bella Du Mond

Bella is a 4th year student at Brown University. She is an Environmental Science concentrator with a focus in food sustainability, interested in the intersection between local food, nutrition, and food access. Bella grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, raised by a family who never went a day without discussing food. Bella believes food is a right, not a privilege. In the future she plans to work in the food sustainability sector, hoping to increase equitable access to food while being mindful of the environmental impact of food production.

Julia Heimark

Julia is a 4th year student from California concentrating in public health.  Though raised in many different places and having spent a significant portion of her life travelling and exploring, she has spent her last few years settled at Brown University. Her interest in the wine industry ultimately lead to her enrollment in this course, which has opened her eyes to a whole new perspective about food.  

Rosie Kissel

Rosie is a 4th year student studying Environmental Science. Having grown up in New York, she has always been a big fan of eating. She has spent a great deal of time at Brown working with on and off campus food groups and enjoys growing food and connecting producers and eaters. By researching domestic environmental issues related to animal agriculture and working directly with farmers and ranchers, she hopes to bring light to the ways in which food systems reflect larger sustainability and equity concerns.

Hannah Koper

Hannah is a senior from Santa Barbara, California concentrating in Applied Math-Economics at Brown University. She has always loved cooking, eating, and learning about food, which has led her to explore food in an academic context as well. In particular, she is interested in the interplay between the cultures surrounding food and our American societal norms and structures.

Paul Martino

Paul is a senior from New York concentrating in Egyptology & Assyriology. Paul is interested in the connection between embodied material culture and colonialism, specifically how culinary traditions and foodways are affected by migration, colonization, and cultural exchange in the ancient and medieval world. Paul will be pursuing a master’s degree in medieval norse studies at the University of Iceland.

Eboni McNeal

Eboni is a Freshman from Atlanta, Georgia concentrating in Public Policy. Since she was a child, Eboni has delighted in preparing and eating different foods. Now, this base interest has involved into an interest in how food becomes politicized, how food exacerbates inequality, and how food pathways can become more sustainable.

Jourdan Meltzer

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jourdan is a senior at Brown University. She is a Public Policy concentrator with a focus on Healthcare Policy. She is particularly interested in the challenges of ensuring food access for traditionally underserved communities. Jourdan hopes to ultimately blend clinical and policy work to improve holistic healthcare delivery and empower residents in her native Oakland.

Kelsey Sandquist

Kelsey is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University. She grew up in many places, including Seattle, Switzerland, and Costa Rica, and is especially interested in the role that politics, regulation, and media play in how food is viewed. When not thinking about (or eating) food, Kelsey is likely to be found in the machine shop, building a Formula-One style race car.

Lauren Stone

Lauren is a senior at Brown, from Boston, majoring in English. She is interested in the growing field of cellular agriculture (particularly lab-grown meat) and other meat substitutes. She hopes to help promote cellular agriculture as a more ethical and environmentally-conscious alternative to the current meat industry.

Jasmine Thomas

Jasmine is a sophomore from New York City concentrating in American Studies at Brown University. Her love for food stems from her mother’s delicious Filipino cooking, but her interest in studying it academically came from being an avid viewer of the Food Network channel. Jasmine hopes to further understand how television and other forms of media play a role in the way food is perceived.

Neil W.

From Cary, North Carolina, Neil is a senior at Brown University, concentrating in Applied Mathematics and independently concentrating in Nutrition and Health. He plans to use math as a tool to make an impact in the health and wellness space, and is interested in the ways food and notions of health have influenced American culture.

Carina Young

Carina is a senior at Brown University studying Economics. Her curiosity for consumer decision making and its effects on evolving culture has motivated her to pursue a career in advertising next year. As someone who lives to eat, food media always caught her attention, especially as its main platforms and purpose have dramatically shifted in just her four years at Brown. The daughter of a “candy man,” Carina stays up to date on food trends to ensure that the family business remains relevant through America’s growing obsession with health.


Emily Contois

Born in Australia and raised in the Big Sky Country of Montana, Emily is currently a PhD candidate in American Studies at Brown University. She holds masters degrees in public health, gastronomy, and American Studies and is the author of twenty academic articles, chapters, and reviews, including “‘Lose Like a Man:’ Gender and the Constraints of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online” in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, “Guilt-Free and Sinfully Delicious: A Contemporary Theology of Weight Loss Dieting” in Fat Studies, and “‘He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich:’ Advertising Australia’s National Food in the United States, 1968-1988” in Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. At Brown, she previously taught Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture. In addition to teaching — and writing her dissertation (titled, The Dudification of Diet: Food Masculinities in Twenty-First-Century America) — she blogstweets, and writes for the Providence Journal food section.

Richard Meckel

Richard Meckel (Ph.D. American Culture, University of Michigan) is a Professor of American Studies at Brown. He is a U.S. social and cultural historian, primarily of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, whose research and teaching interests include the histories of immigration and ethnicity, childhood and child welfare, medicine and public health, and epidemiology and demography. He is author of Save the Babies: American Public Health Reform and the Prevention of Infant Mortality, 1850-1929 (1990;1998), Classrooms and Clinics: Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Childhealth, 1870-1930 (2013), and is co-editor of Children and Youth in Sickness and Health (2004). In addition, he is author of variety of book chapters and articles ranging in topic from early twentieth-century Italian-American literature to mid-nineteenth-century urban morbidity and mortality trends.