Jennifer Rachel Dutch
Jennifer Dutch is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg where her dissertation research focuses on home cooking traditions in the twenty-first century. Jennifer has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant and was the recipient of the Robert W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship and the Pennsylvania State Alumni Association Dissertation Award.
Clare Forstie is a PhD student in the Sociology department at Northwestern University and a recipient of the interdisciplinary Gender Studies Cluster Fellowship. Her research interests include the sociology of emotions, culture, identities, gender, sexualities, and space and place. Her primarily qualitative research focuses on the social practice and memory of emotion in public, urban spaces and the related impact on self, identity, relationships, and communities. She is currently the co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Doctoral Colloquium and a member of the Communications committee of the Sociology Graduate Student Association. She received an M.A. in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine and a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College.
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.
Allisyn Miller studied historic preservation and photography at the College of Charleston. After working in photography, she became the coordinator for the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation by day, Slow Food board member and local food activist by night. Her goal is to pursue the numerous links among historic preservation, community planning, and food culture. As a native Charlestonian, she enjoys exploring the deep, lively roots of food history that the city has to offer. Beyond her home town, she plans to travel abroad to analyze the most successful local food communities in the world for further promoting the Slow Food and local movement back in America.
Mintzi Auanda Martinez-Rivera
Mintzi Auanda Martinez-Rivera is a dual PhD Candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and in the Anthropology Department at Indiana University-Bloomington. She has conducted fieldwork in the P’urhépecha area of the state of Michoacán, Mexico since 2005, specifically in the community of Santo Santiago de Angahuan since 2006. Her work focuses on issues of indigenous identity/politics, performance of rituals and festivals, and the continuity and transformation of the P’urhépecha culture.
LuAnne Roth teaches folklore and film studies in the Department of English at the University of Missouri and is the Education Coordinator for the Mizzou Advantage program. Interested in the intersection between food and culture, Roth’s research and teaching focus on how tradition involves a negotiation of belief, class, gender, and race. Her work appears in the journals Western Folklore and Food, Culture and Society as well as in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (2005), Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture (2003), and forthcoming in Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition,Gender, Drag (ed. Greenhill and Tye). Roth is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively called Talking Turkey, which examines representations of America’s Thanksgiving meal in the media.
Greg de St. Maurice
Greg de St. Maurice is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds Master's degrees from the University of Oxford (Anthropology), American University (International Relations), and Ritsumeikan University (International Relations). Currently based as a Visiting Researcher at Japan's National Museum of Ethnology, he is conducting fieldwork in Kyoto on the role of place-based brands in contemporary food culture and the local food industry.
Claire Schmidt is a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri. She holds a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received her Masters Degree from the University of Missouri in 2008. Schmidt is currently completing a doctoral dissertation, a comparative ethnography of the occupational humor of social workers and prison workers. Her scholarly interests include occupational humor, humor theory, practical jokes, Anglo-Saxon hagiography and oral tradition, medieval foodways and humor, regional folk humor, public folklore, and postcolonial theory.