Michael Lange

Michael A. Lange is Associate Professor in the interdisciplinary Core Curriculum at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. He is the author of Norwegian Scots: An Anthropological Interpretation of Viking-Scottish identity in the Orkney Islands (2007), as well as several articles in journals such as Anatolia, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies, and Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore. He has conducted research in Scotland, Norway, Morocco, and several parts of the US. His most recent research includes ethnographic work with maple syrup producers in Vermont, and work on interdisciplinarity and disciplinary identity within academia.

Diane Tye

Diane Tye is Professor in the Department of Folklore, Memorial University. She researches intersections of folklore and gender, especially as they relate to foodways. She is author of Baking as Biography. A Life Story in Recipes (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2010) and with co-editor with Pauline Greenhill of Unsettling Assumptions. Gender, Tradition, Drag (Utah State UP, 2014).

Board Members

Yvonne Lockwood

Yvonne R. Lockwood is folklife curator emerita at the Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, and a former editor of Digest. Her research interests are on ethnic foodways, material culture, and history in Europe and the United States and have resulted in numerous publications.

Lucy M. Long

Lucy M. Long has a PhD in Folklore, an M.A. in Ethnomusicology and has taught folklore, American studies, popular culture, international studies, food studies, and tourism at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She also founded and directs the non-profit Center for Food and Culture that serves as an international networking clearinghouse on all aspects of food in order to promote a deeper understanding of the ways in which food connects us all. She is the author or editor of Culinary Tourism (2004), Regional American Food Culture (2009), Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2015) and Food and Folklore Reader (2015), and numerous articles on foodways.

LuAnne Roth

LuAnne Roth is Assistant Teaching Professor in the English Department of the University of Missouri. Roth's research and teaching focus on folklore, film/media, and food studies, with an emphasis in the digital humanities. Her articles have appeared in the journals Western Folklore and Food, Culture and Society and has chapters in such volumes as Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag (2014), Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture (2007), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (2005), and Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture (2003). Particularly interested in how food is used to negotiate belief, class, ethnicity, gender, and race, Roth is currently preparing a print and e-book manuscript – "Talking Turkey" – which examines media representations of the Thanksgiving meal.

Robert James Smith

Dr. Robert James Smith is a professor of English Education at Southern Cross University in Australia. He is one of the Editors of the scholarly journal Australian Folklore. In addition to foodways, his research interests include contemporary memorial customs, humour within the school classroom, and regional folk culture.

Theresa A. Vaughan

Theresa A. Vaughan is professor and chairperson of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. Co-Editor of The Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife (with Liz Locke and Pauline Greenhill), her recent research combines her interest in women’s folklore with foodways and the medieval world. Her most recent publication is an article about women and folklore in The Distaff Gospels, published in Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender Drag, edited by Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye.

Katrina Wynn

Katrina Wynn is the Archives Manager at the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine. She has held that position since graduating from Western Kentucky University with a MA in Folk Studies. Katrina is the senior co-convener of AFS's Foodways Section and has been a member of the Foodways section since starting graduate school.


Elizabeth Ann Berton-Reilly

Elizabeth Ann Berton-Reilly received a M.Ed. in Heritage Studies from Plymouth State University in 2015 and a BA in Liberal Arts from Governors State University in 2001. Her research includes Indigenous foodways, genealogy, family stories and folklore. As a member of the Montagnais Métis First Nation, she runs, "Ember's Corner on Folklore and Family"
(https://sites.google.com/site/montagnaislib/folklore), a webpage about genealogy and oral history on their website. While in graduate school, Elizabeth took part in multiple oral history projects, including interviewing Indigenous veterans as part of her graduate internship at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire. Being intensely interested in her ancestor’s cultures has also led her to express herself in craft mediums such as grain weaving for old European-style wheat weavings, to beadwork, using First Nations and Métis designs.

Cynthia Boyd

Cynthia Boyd holds a PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s where she is an independent researcher and writer with an ongoing fascination in foodways, gardening traditions, and women’s material culture.

Jesse Dart

Jesse is a native of Illinois and is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in the anthropology of food, specifically, the culture of free food in the workplace, commensality, cooking, Mediterranean foodways, as well as the anthropology of corporations. He has a Master in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy as well as Masters in Anthropology from Macquarie University. Working as a writer, he contributes to various magazines and publications on topics related to food, dining, culture and travel.

Frank M. Dugan

Frank M. Dugan is Research Plant Pathologist with United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, on the campus of Washington StateUniversity, where he conducts research on fungal diseases of garlic. In addition to diseases of plants, his interests include agricultural history, ethnobotany and ethnomycology. He is the author of Fungi in the Ancient World (2008), Conspectus of World Ethnomycology (2011), and Hidden Histories and Ancient Mysteries of Witches, Plants and Fungi (2015), all from APS Press, and is a contributor to Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia (2015, Rowman & Littlefield). Among his contributions to North American Fungi (www.pnwfung.org) is "Fungi, Folkways and Fairy Tales: Mushrooms & Mildews in Stories, Remedies & Rituals, from Oberon to the Internet"(2008). "Dregs of our Forgotten Ancestors: Fermentative Microorganisms in the Prehistory of Europe, the Steppes and Indo-Iranian Asia" (2009) is available from FUNGI Magazine (www.fungimag.com). Dugan et al., "Checklist of Cladosporium Names" (Schlechtendalia 11:1-103, 2004) is a critical resource for mycologists world-wide and an excellent cure for insomnia for anybody else. He can be contacted at: fdugan@wsu.ed

Nicholas Eaton

Nicholas Eaton is a Culinary Educator who teaches at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. He holds a B.S. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University and is currently an M.Ed candidate at Wayne State University. He also holds professional wine credentials through the Society of Wine Educators (CSW). His interests lie in historical gastronomy, culinary history, food systems, the world of wine, and nutrition. He is a contributor to the work Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia (Long 2015), and his recipes were recently featured in the 2015 national calendar from Sysco Foods.

Kai Kuang

Kai Kuang (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include uncertainty and information management in risk and health communication.

Jeffrey Kallen

Jeffrey Kallen is an Associate Professor in Linguistics and Phonetics in Trinity College Dublin. After doing an interdisciplinary BA in Folklore Studies at Fairhaven College in Western Washington University, he studied Linguistics (MA, University of Washington) and wrote his PhD (Trinity College Dublin) on the history and linguistics of the English language in Ireland. He recently published Irish English, Volume 2: The Republic of Ireland (De Gruyter Mouton, 2013), and is also active in Linguistic Landscape research (focused on the use of visual language in public spaces) as well as discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and semiotics.

Ziyu Long

Ziyu Long (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. Her main research interests include meanings of work, mentoring, and entrepreneurial careers.

Sabrina Merta

Sabine Merta is a German food historian. She studied Science and History at the University of Münster (West-Germany) where her PHD thesis focused on the history of slimming diets and the beauty of the human body (Merta 2003). She is a member of the International Commission for Research into European Food History and presented at the Conference "Food and the City" at the Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana in Padua (Italy) and at the French Interdisciplinary Colloquium "Food and Weather" at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is member of the German Historical Institute and the German Research Society. Sabrine is author of "Wege und Irrwege zum modernen Schlankheitskult. Diätkost und Körperkultur als Suche nach neuen Lebensstilformen 1880-1930" [Ways and Maze of the Modern Slimming Cult. Slimming Diets and Body Cult as a Search for New Life-styles 1880-1930] 2003 and of "Schlank! Ein Körperkult der Moderne" [Slim! A Body Cult of Modern Time] 2008.

Noah J.A. Morritt

Noah J.A. Morritt is a PhD candidate in folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he studies UFO legends and their relationship to Canadian Cold War cultural history. He is the Editor of Culture & Tradition: The Canadian Graduate Student Journal of Folklore and Ethnology, and his research focuses primarily on local history and oral tradition in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Ontario.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a Professor in Memorial University’s Department of Folklore where he teaches in courses in foodways. He is an avid collector of books and ephemera.

Kim D. Stryker

Kim D. Stryker is an independent folklorist living near Washington, D.C. in a modified farmhouse with her husband, a giant dog, a fat cat and a colony of honeybees. Kim is founder of the Save the Smithsonian Folklife Festival campaign that successfully won an agreement between the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution through vigorous social media haranguing. She recently completed her Master’s thesis in Folklore Studies at George Mason University, which is a long-term ethnographic study of “pick-your-own” farmers in the Virginia Piedmont. Kim is interested in continuing to work with food producers in the region and in fostering more intersections between food and culture.

Jasmine E. Tan

Jasmine E. Tan (Ph.D., Purdue University) is a Teaching Consultant at the Singapore Management University.