Teaching: GIF My Feedback

I can’t always get students to read my feedback, so this year I decided to try something different and include students in the process. I had students peer review their first paper. Afterwards I gave them a brief overview of my main feedback comments so they could go ahead and know up front the rangeContinue reading “Teaching: GIF My Feedback”

Race, Gender, and the Promises and Perils of “Radical” Manifest Destiny

As an expansion of my dissertation, my book project titled, The People’s Park: Work, the Body, and the Environment in Radical Postwar Placemaking, traces the transnational People’s Park movement of insurgent park creation as a method of protest against urban renewal. Having conducted archival research across seven states, this work breaks ground by documenting more than fourContinue reading “Race, Gender, and the Promises and Perils of “Radical” Manifest Destiny”

Teaching

I have taught a variety of university-level interdisciplinary courses (undergraduate and graduate) across five universities. You can see some of my student work at GlobalFoodStudies.com and TeachingWithPodcasts.com. In the fall of 2018 I began a faculty position as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah’s Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea, where I teach coursesContinue reading “Teaching”

Research Findings and Fellowships

For the most up-to-date list of grants and fellowships I have been awarded, see my list of Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards. Additionally, you can read Press on these awards as well as how my work has reached broader academic and public audiences. Most recently I was awarded a research fellowship by the Graham Foundation for myContinue reading “Research Findings and Fellowships”

Teaching Spotlight: Maps of American Food

I’m in the throes of organizing a course for the American Studies program at Purdue on food studies – a class exploring the connections between food, identity, and place.  Today’s visual inspirations are maps I’ve found trying to embed certain recipes within US regions and cities.  What could you add to these maps?  How would yourContinue reading “Teaching Spotlight: Maps of American Food”

Reblog: SACRPH 2015: The Politics (and Non-Politics) of the Unplanned City in the US, UK, and Germany

Tropics of Meta Panels at conferences often feel like a hastily assembled mishmash of different things, like a fruit salad made by Mr. Magoo. Scholars who do not know each other and know less about each other’s research work together over email to try to slap together panel proposals that seem just plausible enough to passContinue reading “Reblog: SACRPH 2015: The Politics (and Non-Politics) of the Unplanned City in the US, UK, and Germany”

Global Food Studies: Local Perspectives

Dear world, You are invited to attend an important symposium exploring international influences on local food culture.  Global Food: Local Perspectives will be Thursday October 22, 3:30-5:30 in NLSN 1215 at Purdue University. The symposium will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Simone Cinotto, Professor of Italian American history and food studies at the UniversityContinue reading “Global Food Studies: Local Perspectives”

Identity + Citizenship

The central thread through all of my research is my analysis of the relationship between identity and citizenship — or how we know who we are and how that who we are is regulated.  In my dissertation I research how postwar activists understood this relationship as rooted in practices of police violence and urban renewal andContinue reading “Identity + Citizenship”

Urban Studies + Design

As an extension of my dissertation research, my project proposal for the 2015-2016 National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fulbright, awarded semi-finalist, focuses on the relationship between space and power. The project, titled “Grass/Roots,” compares and maps spatial and environmental power by analyzing how people occupy, reclaim, and create public green spaces in South Africa, New Zealand,Continue reading “Urban Studies + Design”