Cynthia Egan-Kiigemagi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Folklore, Memorial University. Her background is in Anthropology, Comparative Religions, and Ethnomusicology. Presently her focus is on material culture, vernacular religion and gender studies.
Ryan Davis is a self-taught photographer with mixed feelings about chicken feet.
Joseph Donnelly grew up on a farm in southwestern Saskatchewan. He attended Concordia University where he received a Bachelor of English Literature. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Folklore at Memorial University. His thesis examines the O’Brien farm, an early Irish Newfoundland farm in the process of being converted into an open-air museum.
Ai Hisano is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Delaware. She is also a Hagley Fellow in the UD-Hagley Graduate Program. She received her BA (2004) and MA (2006) in American Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Hisano has published two journal articles about the relationships between food marketing and gender-role politics in Pacific and American Studies (2009) and in The Japanese Journal of American Studies (2010). She is currently working on her dissertation that examines the history of food color in the twentieth-century United States. In exploring how consumers developed their perceptions of food color and how producers manipulated color to sell their products, her dissertation aims to show how the state, the food industry, and consumers constructed and propagated a cultural knowledge of food color that entailed shifting perceptions of goodness, artificiality, and purity.
Cherry P. Levin
Cherry Levin received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Houston. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a Masters degree in Folklore and Texas A&M University where she received a Masters degree in English. In 2012, she earned her doctorate from Louisiana State University. Her dissertation on Louisiana plantation weddings explores the intersection of gender, race and ritual in both antebellum and modern culture.
Martin Lovelace grew up in England but has taught folklore at Memorial University since 1980, where his special interests are in ballads and folktales. Once upon a time he was a baker's boy, but that's another story.
Sheena Nahm graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Basis of Behavior (biopsychology/neuroscience) and Anthropology. She went on to earn her Masters in Public Health (Community Health and Prevention) from Drexel University in 2004 and her PhD from UC Irvine in 2009 in Anthropology with an emphasis in Critical Theory. Since receiving her PhD, she has worked in policy, communication, research and evaluation for several nonprofit organizations. She is is currently an adjunct professor for The New School for Public Engagement and director of the Senderos (parent engagement) program for Para Los Niños, a nonprofit organization that offers high-quality education integrated with family supports, mental health services, and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles county.
Cristina Pietropaolo holds an MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She lives, and writes and researches in Toronto, Ontario, and is especially interested in immigrant history. She recently presented work on Toronto's Good Friday procession at The Folklore Society's Annual General Meeting & Conference at Cardiff University, Wales.
Anna Ralph is completing her MA in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College near Baltimore. Two recent years spent as a missionary in Ethiopia deepened her interest in the intersection of culture and spirituality and in socio-economic issues of developing nations. Her foodways research has included topics such as the eradication of intestinal parasites, the sustainability of food traditions among the Ethiopian diaspora, and models for feeding the urban homeless. Her current thesis research focuses on the role of missionaries in culture change and application of efficacious paradigms to the work of cultural sustainability. Ralph lives with her husband near her children and grandchildren in southeast PA. She previously received a MA in historic clothing and textiles at the University of Akron (Ohio).
Since citrus sales are big fundraisers for non-profit groups in St. John's, Barbara Rieti has photographed, painted, and eaten many oranges over the course of thirty years in Newfoundland.
Katie White is a PhD student in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park where her dissertation research focuses on the role of women in the culinary history of Gullah communities in South Carolina. She holds a BA degree from Georgetown University in Women’s Studies and English with a concentration in Culture and Performance, and Master’s degrees in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. Her research interests include Gullah culture, culinary histories, theories of diaspora and migration, cookbooks, oral and life histories, and sustainability studies.
Nancy Yan is a doctoral candidate in folklore through the English Department at the Ohio State University. She graduated from the George Washington University in Washington DC in 1994 with a degree in international affairs. After working in DC, she relocated to San Francisco and became involved with grassroots organizing, immigrant rights issues, youth leadership, and electoral politics. She served as a field organizer for the California Democratic Party in 1998 and a District Organizer for the San Francisco Labor Council's electoral efforts in 1999 and 2000. Her dissertation research examines Chinese restaurants in the American context as sites of contested authenticity.