Erika Derkas

Erika Derkas is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at New Mexico Highlands University and is an active researcher in the area of reproductive justice, particularly, international sex worker organizing, population control, and sterilization abuse among poor women and women of color. She is currently the co-director of the Women’s Studies program and the Women’s Center at Highlands University and has been involved in feminist organizing for numerous years. She is a participating member of the National Women’s Studies Association, an ally member of SisterSong: A women of color reproductive justice collective. She is currently working on the SisterSong Reproductive Justice Anthology with Pamela Bridgewater, Lynn Roberts, and Loretta Ross.

Philip Hiscock

Philip Hiscock teaches in Memorial University’s Folklore Department and takes pictures of everything.

Jeffrey G. Howard

Jeffrey G. Howard is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Idaho State University where he also teaches first-year composition. He received his M.A. in Literature and Writing from Utah State University. His research interests include children's folklore, supernatural folklore, foodways, eighteenth-century British authors, and composition studies. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University–Idaho in 2010 with an emphasis in Professional Writing.

Jeffrey Kallen

Jeffrey Kallen is an Associate Professor in Linguistics and Phonetics at Trinity College Dublin. Following an interdisciplinary BA in Folklore Studies (Fairhaven College, Western Washington University), he moved to Linguistics (MA, University of Washington) before doing a PhD on the English Language in Ireland (Trinity College Dublin). Though he works primarily with social and historical aspects of Irish English, his other research interests include the Linguistic Landscape (language in the signage of public spaces), discourse analysis (including linguistic politeness and the uses of silence), and semiotics (where Foodways unite the social, the aesthetic, and the practical.)

Heather King

Heather King grew up in a rural community on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland. She studied Commercial Art at the College of Trades and Technology in St. John's, Newfoundland and worked as an advertising copywriter in Toronto. On returning to Newfoundland, she pursued undergraduate studies at Memorial University in Folklore with a minor in Religious Studies. Her interests are vernacular architecture and foodways. In 2012, she received a Masters in Folklore at Memorial University with a focus in Vernacular Architecture. Her thesis explored remote wilderness cabins on the Avalon as male space and culture.

M. Dustin Knepp

M. Dustin Knepp is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and the Director of Latin American Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. His research focuses on Mexican and Mexican American identities and the connection between food and culture.

Katie L. Kujala

Katie L. Kujala received her Masters of Science in Information at the University of Michigan for Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Grand Valley State University in History and Anthropology (BA). Kujala has a passion for cheese and is always willing to try a new one. More cheese, please.

Callum Latta

Callum Latta is a student who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Tim Lloyd

After more than 25 years' work in national, state, and local public folklore organizations, Tim Lloyd became Executive Director of the American Folklore Society in 2001. He received his PhD from George Washington University, and specializes in foodways, occupational culture, and the history of the field of folklore studies.

Lucy Long

Dr. Lucy M. Long is Director of the Center for Food and Culture in Bowling Green, OH. She has taught food studies since the mid-1990s at Bowling Green State University and has written numerous publications of food, including Culinary Tourism (2003) and Regional American Food Culture (2009).

Mary Magoulick

Mary Magoulick, Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville (since 2000), received an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia (1986) and a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University (2000). She writes primarily on Native American narratives and literature (including fieldwork based studies of Ojibwe people in Michigan), women’s studies, mythology, and popular culture. Dr. Magoulick has traveled extensively as part of her on-going interest in cultural studies and cross-cultural contact (including working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and as a Fulbrighter in Croatia), and she has always been attuned to foodways.

Ty Matejowsky

Ty Matejowsky is an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2001. His ongoing research in the Philippines examines a number of issues related to globalization, including fast food, urban development, disaster responses, and international migration. Publications include "The Incredible, Edible Balut: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Philippines’ Favorite Liminal Food" (2013) in Food, Culture and Society, "Like a ‘Whopper Virgin’: Anthropological Reflections on Burger King’s Controversial Ad Campaign" (2010) in Studies in Popular Culture and "Jolly Dogs and McSpaghetti: Anthropological Reflections on Global/Local Fast Food Competition in the Philippines" (2008) in Journal of Asia-Pacific Business. He can be reached at

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.

Diane Tye

Diane Tye is Professor and Head of the Department of Folklore at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is author of Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes (McGill-Queen’s, 2010) and co-editor with Pauline Greenhill of Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag to be published in 2014 by the University of Utah State Press. No one loves snow days more than she does.

Deana L. Weibel

Deana L. Weibel earned her Ph.D. at UC San Diego, where she studied the anthropology of religion, specifically pilgrimage. She has conducted research in such locations as Rocamadour, France and Chimayó, New Mexico. An avid participant-observer, she has carried the Black Madonna in procession at Rocamadour, walked to El Santuario de Chimayó on Good Friday, and has sampled a wide variety of pastries, wines and cheeses, all in the name of cultural understanding.