Keitlyn Alcantara (email@example.com) is an Anthropological Bioarcheologist in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. Her work is centered on foodways as tools of empowerment. Melding bioarcheological dietary isotope analyses and ethnographic interviews, her current research contextualizes food sovereignty movements in Late Postclassic and contemporary Tlaxcala, Mexico. As a Mexican American, she is also interested in the ways food is tied to memory, identity, and homeland among Latinx immigrants in the United States (www.sazonnashville.com), and working with the land to develop embodied pedagogies of self-decolonization (www.healinggardeniub.com).
Mecca Burris is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology studying biological anthropology with minors in food anthropology and food policy. She has an M.A. in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida. Her dissertation research focuses on how nutrition, food insecurity, and pesticide exposure impact the growth and development of children and adolescents. She is also involved in projects studying food insecurity among vulnerable groups in rural Indiana.
Christina Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University whose research explores the social, economic, and cultural impact of multinational alcohol companies on local food systems in Ethiopia (as it relates to the country’s domestic alcohol industry). Supported by the US Fulbright Program, her work examines shifts in local drinking patterns, smallholder barley farming practices, and local malt barley distribution processes among other human-relational aspects of the alcohol value chain. She received her PhD from the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.
Claire Frohman (email@example.com) serves as Research Associate and Regional Food Systems Assistant for the collaborative effort between Sustainable Food Systems Science and The Center for Rural Engagement to help strengthen the regional food system. Claire received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College in Sociology and Italian, and spent the years that followed exploring many avenues of food systems work, from sustainable farming to food service, permaculture design, food justice work, and youth gardening and cooking education. She now uses her diverse background to help navigate the multifaceted work of food systems development on campus and beyond.
Ariana Gunderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a PhD student in the department of anthropology, studying eating in public and food as a site of quotidian performance. She is interested in restaurants, cities, the fuzzy line between public and private space, and how food embeds individuals within larger structures. In recent months she's been exploring film photography as a part of her fieldwork. You can find more information about her work on her website: arianagunderson.com.
Erin Hosein(email@example.com)is a graduate student in the Food. Studies program. Erin graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch's coordinated MSDI program in 2019 with an MS in Nutrition and Human Metabolism. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist with prior experience in long-term care and school foodservice, her previous position being Director of School Foodservice for an ISD in Texas. Her interests include the relationship between consumption patterns, food policy, and human biological & cultural variation.
Lewis Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an anthropology graduate student in the Food Studies program studying global food systems and regenerative agriculture. He spent the past decade working in the organic agriculture industry as a grower, food hub operator and educator and has conducted research on farming methods in Asia, Europe and throughout the US. Lewis is interested in connecting food producers with eaters in more equitable and efficient ways (Value Chain Coordination) and the user identities created by various food distribution models.
Jodee Smith (email@example.com) directs the community engagement efforts for SFSS. Jodee has been active in research, education and outreach in the Indiana food system for ten years in multiple capacities including farming, extension, research and implementation projects. Jodee leads the Indiana Value Chain Network and Food Council Network and utilizes an asset-based approach to support community-led initiatives to build more equitable local and regional food systems. Jodee earned a B.A. in Botany from the University of Montana and an M.S. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis.
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