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.


Rita Colavincenzo

Rita Colavincenzo is a native of Western Pennsylvania who has studied in graduate programs in Folklore at University College Dublin and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has also interned at the American Folklife Center at The Library of Congress and at the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, New York. For the last 8 years she has lived in Dublin, Ireland where she has pursued her passion of documenting the rise of Irish food culture and how it relates to the country's rich folklore traditions.

Christina Gooch

Christina Gooch is a Masters student in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, where she is researching the emerging field of food studies abroad and food as a medium for experiential learning. She also serves as a food coordinator and purchaser for a student housing cooperative in Eugene, and has volunteered with several local outreach and education programs including Food for Lane County, Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, and the School Garden Project of Lane County. Other interests include community food systems, food justice, and critical discussion of alternative food movements.

Saeedeh Niktab Etaati

Saeedeh Niktab Etaati was born and raised in Iran. She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering but a life-long passion for art led her into Art Philosophy for her first Masters in Iran and later into Folklore in Canada for her second. She came to Canada in January 2014 when she enrolled as a graduate student in the Folklore Department at Memorial University. Having survived the brutal winter of that first year, she now considers herself a member of Iranian community in St. John’s and she has developed a special interest in folklore in diasporic communities and its intersection with identity, beliefs and foodways. Saeedeh is currently working on her thesis on Iranian political jokes in socio-mediated networks.

Rituparna Patgiri

Rituparna Patgiri is a MPhil student in the department of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her thesis will explore the connections that exist between gender and food, with a special focus on women’s changing role in food related activities. She has completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Sociology at the University of Delhi, New Delhi and has worked with organizations like North East Network, Self Employed Women’s Association Bharat and the Oxford Microfinance Initiative. She is interested in looking at issues of culture, gender, food and society from a sociological perspective.

Erin E. Scott

Erin E. Scott is a freelance content creator living in Austin, Texas. With a MFA in theatre design/multi-media from California Institute of the Arts, she went on to teach post production and work as an audio producer at Marketplace Radio, which can be heard on NPR. In a desire to become a better storyteller, Erin left Los Angeles and woke up in the land of Faulkner in Oxford, Mississippi, to pursue a second Masters in Southern Studies at University of Mississippi. Focusing on strengths in audio, conversation, and a passion for business, her thesis, Mississippi Motoring: Mom and Pop Entrepreneurs let her explore backroads and small towns all over the state. She then relocated to Texas to claim her birthright and continue foodways exploration in the Lone Star State.

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.