Janet Gilmore

Janet C. Gilmore is Professor in Folklore and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on foodways and cultural landscapes. Pacific Northwestern, western Great Lakes, and upper Mississippi River fishing people, maritime workers, folk artists, and farming people led her to publish, present, and contribute to exhibits and festivals that relate to the regions’ foodways and food landscapes— indigenous, old immigrant, and new immigrant. Personal interests in food, cooking, and cookbooks, inspired early in her western Oregon home, have now come full circle as she explores her mother’s and grandmother’s Pacific Northwestern-Upper Midwestern food legacies.

Michael Lange

Michael A. Lange is 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.

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.

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 co-editor with Pauline Greenhill of Unsettling Assumptions. Gender, Tradition, Drag (Utah State UP, 2014).

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.

Katrina Wynn

Katrina Wynn is the Archives Manager at the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine. She has held that position since graduating from Western Kentucky University with a MA in Folk Studies. Katrina is the senior co-convener of AFS's Foodways Section and has been a member of the Foodways section since starting graduate school.


Elizabeth Ann Berton-Reilly

Elizabeth Ann Berton-Reilly received a MEd in Heritage Studies from Plymouth State University in 2015 and a BA in Liberal Arts from Governors State University in 2001. Her research includes Indigenous foodways, genealogy, family stories and folklore. As a member of the Montagnais Métis First Nation, she runs the "Ember's Corner on Folklore and Family," webpage about genealogy and oral history on their website. While in graduate school, Elizabeth took part in multiple oral history projects, including interviewing Indigenous veterans as part of her graduate internship at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire. Being intensely interested in her ancestor’s cultures has also led her to express herself in craft mediums from grain weaving for old European-style wheat weavings to beadwork, using First Nations and Métis designs.

Cynthia Boyd

Cynthia Boyd holds a PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s where she is an independent researcher and writer with an ongoing fascination in foodways, gardening traditions, and women’s material culture.

Hanna Griff-Sleven

Hanna Griff-Sleven is Director of Cultural Programs at the Museum at Eldridge Street in New York City, where she conceives and administers all public programs including many food demonstrations and the Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Block Party (now in its 15th year). With a PhD in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University, where she directed the Folklore Archives, she has taught at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, at Grinnell College in Iowa, and now serves as Adjunct Professor at the Eugene Lang College of The New School for Social Research, and as an adjunct associate professor at The City College of New York and New York University School of Continuing Education.  She directed an oral history project, “Toldot Iowa,” on the Jews of Iowa, and her own food demonstrations at the Museum have featured chicken soup, kugel, rugelach, biscotti and mandelbread.

Rachel Hopkin

Rachel Hopkin is a folklorist and radio producer. Currently a PhD candidate at The Ohio State University, she has an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University and a BMus from Trinity College of Music in London. Her academic articles have been featured in a range of peer-reviewed journals. Her audio productions, broadcast on networks around the world, include the recent BBC-commissioned documentary, "Country Down Under," which explores the popularity of country music among Australia’s Aboriginal peoples. Her food-related projects include an article on pâtisserie and poetics, shortly to be published in Performance Research, and a radio feature about the unique barbecue traditions of Monroe County, Kentucky. Her website address is rachelhopkin.com.

Daša Ličen

Daša Ličen is a PhD student in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and holds an assistant position at the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology. Her main fields of study are the anthropology of food and the historical anthropology of 19th century Trieste. At the moment she is successfully combining both of her research interests in a study of nostalgia for the Habsburg Empire. This ethnographic study of Triestine food practices reveals an increasing contemporary emphasis on their Central European character, while their connections to Italian cuisine are being hushed up.

Yvonne Lockwood

Yvonne Lockwood is a folklorist who recently retired as Curator of Folklife at the Michigan State University Museum. There she directed the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprentice Program and Michigan Heritage Awards Program, curated the public food presentations at the Festival of Michigan Folklife and the Great Lakes Folk Festival, and curated “Michigan Eats,” an interpretive exhibition that the Museum now tours. Her other professional activities in foodways include conference participation in the U.S. and Europe and numerous publications. As a long time member of the Foodways Section, she co-edited Digest for a number of years with William G. Lockwood and judged student papers. She has extensive research experience in the former Yugoslavia, eastern Austria (Burgenland), and in the Upper Midwest, primarily in Finnish America, where she currently is researching foodways. She also often curates Finnish food demonstrations and workshops at the annual FinnFest USA.

Sabine Merta

Sabine Merta is a German food historian. She studied Science and History at the University of Münster (West Germany) where her PhD thesis focused on the history of slimming diets and the beauty of the human body (Merta 2003). She is a member of the International Commission for Research into European Food History and presented at the Conference "Food and the City" at the Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana in Padua (Italy) and at the French Interdisciplinary Colloquium "Food and Weather" at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is member of the German Historical Institute and the German Research Society. Sabine is author of Wege und Irrwege zum modernen Schlankheitskult. Diätkost und Körperkultur als Suche nach neuen Lebensstilformen 1880-1930 [Ways and Maze of the Modern Slimming Cult. Slimming Diets and Body Cult as a Search for New Life-styles 1880-1930], 2003 and of "Schlank! Ein Körperkult der Moderne" [Slim! A Body Cult of Modern Time], 2008.

Claire Schmidt

A native of Wisconsin with a BA in English from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Claire Schmidt is an assistant professor of English at Missouri Valley College where she teaches courses in world literature, film criticism, British literature, and writing, and serves as director of the Honors Program. Schmidt received her PhD and MA in Folklore Studies from University of Missouri-Columbia; her research interests include occupational folklore, humor studies, foodways, and Anglo Saxon literature. University of Wisconsin Press has just published her book, If You Don't Laugh You'll Cry: The Occupational Humor of White Wisconsin Prison Workers (2017) in the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World series.

Kylie Schroeder

Kylie Schroeder is a second year graduate student in the Folklore Program of Utah State University’s English Department. Originally from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, she completed her undergraduate work in Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include various forms of cultural heritage tourism including culinary tourism and supernatural tourism, and digital folklore.

Christine J. Widmayer 

Christine J. Widmayer is a PhD student in Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a graduate certificate in Folklore Studies from George Mason University, where she also taught composition and literature for two years. She studies personal experience narrative, family folklore, women’s folklore, and foodways, especially where they connect to performance, power, and agency. Christine has worked for several feminist and literary causes; she was nonfiction editor for So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art, and an intern for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. She is currently a co-editor for Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook press.