Tara Brabazon

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University (Australia), Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. Tara has worked in eight universities in four countries. She has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, and has published 16 books and over 150 refereed articles and book chapters. Her new books are titled Digital Dieting: From Information Obesity to Intellectual Fitness (Ashgate, 2013), City Imaging: Regeneration, Renewal, Decline (Springer, 2013) and – with Mick Winter and Bryn Gandy – Digital Wine: How QR codes facilitate new markets for small wine industries. For further information about Tara, please refer to Her email address is

Rachel Flinn

Rachel Finn is a librarian, archivist, and writer living in New York City. She is an independent researcher of African Diaspora and Middle Eastern foodways who has written extensively for popular food publications. She is building a foodways library documenting the foodways of the global African Diaspora.

Janet Gilmore

Janet C. Gilmore backed into the study of foodways from public folklore research, and related folklife festival and exhibit programming, among Pacific Northwest, western Great Lakes, and upper Mississippi River commercial fishing people and maritime workers. Soon her research and public programming expanded to Upper Midwestern food traditions as well as university student foodways. As Associate Professor in Folklore and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning in 2003, she has taught foodways in field school and festivals classes, and developed popular foodways and cultural landscapes of food courses. She has published articles on Great Lakes fish foodways and university student foodways, and is regularly interviewed about Wisconsin’s renown Friday night fish fry tradition. Personal interests in food, cooking, and cookbooks, however, were inspired early in her home in western Oregon, an area rich in food diversity. Still when underfoot in the kitchen, she developed a fraught relationship with Rombauer’s 1946 edition of the Joy of Cooking, shredding and coloring a few pages that were consuming her mother’s attention while she was cooking. This tattered monument still survives, now bound in a rubber band, while a small collection of second-hand copies in better condition have taken its place among family members.

Jess Lamar Reece Holler

Jess Lamar Reece Holler is working towards her MA in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, and her PhD., in the Department of English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her major areas of interest include farmways, foodways, regionalism, popular reading studies, public and community-based cultural heritage and folklife programming, and digital folklife and cultural heritage archives, alongside ongoing work in 20th century agricultural history in the U.S. Her current research focuses on print cultures and reception of U.S. sustainable agriculture and conservation movements from the Great Depression to the late 1950s, including farm literature, agricultural periodicals, and print ephemera. Her thesis will work with contemporary "sustainable" farmers and their embodiments and re-negotiation of U.S. agricultural history through agricultural methods and on-farm technologies. She is keen to help sync together farmways and foodways history and research with K-12 and community-based farm and food education.

Bradley M. Jones

Bradley M. Jones received an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University in 2014 and a BA from Wabash College in 2010. His research explores alternative forms of food production, cultures of craftsmanship, and neo-agrarianism in the United States. He is the founding editor of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies and will begin doctoral study in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis in fall ‘15.

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.

MM Pack

MM Pack is a food writer/historian and private chef who divides her time between Austin and San Francisco. A former librarian and technical writer, she's a graduate of Rice University, the University of Texas, and California Culinary Academy, and has been writing about food since 1998. A regular contributor to The Austin Chronicle and Edible Austin, she’s published in Gastronomica, The San Francisco Chronicle, Sugar & Rice, Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America, Nation’s Restaurant News, Food History News, Scribner's Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, The Dictionary of Culinary Biography, and Southern Foodways Alliance’s Cornbread Nation 1. She’s presented on food and foodways to various museums and food history groups, as well as to IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), Les Dames d’Escoffier International, CIA-Napa, Southern Foodways Alliance, Foodways Texas, Texas Folklore Society, Baylor University’s Texas Collection, and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Ellen Power

Ellen Power is an undergraduate student studying human geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Interested in contemporary food security issues, she is also an enthusiastic hobby cook who loves finding historic recipes to try out in her modern kitchen.

Brittany Roberts

Brittany Roberts is a PhD candidate in the Folklore Department at Memorial University. Her dissertation research examines the vernacular architecture of domestic service in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her research interests include material culture studies, intangible cultural heritage, architectural preservation, and design history.

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.

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.

Xu Hangming

Xu Hangming was born in Xi'an of China. He graduated from Northwest Polytechnical University (Master of Engineering) and Tokyo Institute of Technology(Doctor of Engineering). He now lives in Japan and works for a consumer electronics company. He is also interested in food culture and writes as a food columnist in Japan. His email is: