Lea Beltran-Milan is a food technologist specializing on food safety and quality and product research and development. She is also a graduate of the doctorate program of education in industrial education management-food industry. Prior to joining acedmia, she worked in the manufacturing of bottled and canned meat, fruits and vegetables as quality management supervisor and at the same time as product research supervisor. Dr. Milan is presently assigned as the head of the Industry Development Extension ( InDex) Program of the Tarlac State University extension services office and a faculty member of Food Technology Program of the College of Science of the same university.
Ms. Dorado is currently a supervising science research specialist in the nutrition intervention, evaluation and policy section at the department of science and technology–Food and Nutrition Research Institute in the Philippines. She is a graduate of BSc and MSc in development communication from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos. She is working towards her doctorate in social development degree in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Ms. Dorado has acted as project/study leader in various researches on community-based nutrition intervention for maternal and young children; evaluation of food programs (such as backyard food production, food assistance); policy advocacy and communication; and, nutrition education programs. She has authored and co-authored several publications and has served as resource persons in international and national conferences in sociology and nutrition.
Megan Bond Hinrichsen is a medical and nutritional anthropologist with a PhD from Southern Methodist University and an appointment as assistant professor at Monmouth College where she co-coordinates Monmouth College's programs in global food security and peace corps preparation. Her research has focused on the impacts that social and economic life have on health, nutrition, and overall well-being in Latin America and the United States. She currently works in Ecuador, where she was a Fulbright grantee. As an applied anthropologist, she conducts research in order to understand and work towards solutions for problems like food insecurity, childhood malnutrition, and poverty.
Sasha Pesci is originally from Mendoza, Argentina and is currently a master's student in geography at the University of California, Davis. She is broadly interested in the potential of food movements and social networks in fostering agroecological, caring forms of food production and distribution. Informed by the theory of social embeddedness, her current research explores the role of close social ties in direct sales from farms to restaurants in changing where, what, and how food is produced.
Sarah Stembridge received her MA in sociology from California State University, Northridge and is a current PhD student in sociology at University of California San Diego. Her research uses an identity theory framework to investigate healthy eating as a sense of identity and its relationship to various social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. Her interests include identity, food, health and the body as they relate to systems of stratification; the creation and distribution of knowledge; the process by which gender, racial, and cultural identities are constructed and maintained; bodily capital and the cult of thinness; eating disorders; and social movements.
Mariaelena Huambachano is an interdisciplinary Indigenous scholar at Brown University, and in the fall 2018 will join CSUN University as an assistant professor of American Indian studies and sustainability. Her work centers on the intersections of Indigenous studies, public policy, environmental and sustainable development, with a particular focus on comparative and transnational Indigenous knowledge systems of North America, Oceania, and Latin America. Her book project entitled “Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Justice” is an ethnographic research of the politics of food sovereignty of Māori of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Andean people of Peru. She is an advocate for environmental and food justice and an active participant in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Tania Farzana is currently an MSc research student at Southern Cross Plant Science, Southern Cross University, Australia. Tania is focused to work on the salinity tolerance of different halophyte crops (salt loving plants) and their role in sustainable agriculture and the use of marginal land for cultivation. She has research experiences in working with screening of salt tolerant tree species, soil and plant nutrition, and urban wastewater irrigation in crops cultivation at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute and Southern Cross University, Australia. She also has industry working experience in the laboratory of Macadamia Processing Company. Her research interests include soil salinity, abiotic stress of plants, soil and plant nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.
The interdisciplinary aspect of the conference was truly superb. Meeting people and seeing the work being done in this field has provided me with an even greater sense of confidence and realization that the field of food studies is doing some incredibly important work."
My favorite part was actually moderating the sessions, having to introduce the presenter, ask for questions, and even having to sometimes break the ice with a linking question between all the presenters. The experience will certainly aid me in the future by having me overcome shyness."
I've made professional contacts that are really useful, and also have a network of grad students who I am keeping in contact with. It was also really useful to get a sense of the state of the field of Food Studies."