2020 Recipients

Emmanuella Addae-Wireko

Emmanuella Addae-Wireko

University of Manitoba, Canada

Emmanuella Addae-Wireko is a master’s student at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. Her research interest in resource conservation, sustainable livelihoods and food systems commenced during her BSc. Natural Resources Management degree program at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Her current research in food studies investigated the use of community kitchens as innovation spaces for small-scale food production in Manitoba. Striving in both quantitative and qualitative research, she has engaged in several volunteer and field activities. Upon completion of her master’s degree program in August 2020, Emmanuella looks forward to furthering her research in food studies in the pursuit of a Ph.D. degree.

Atar David

Atar David

University of Texas at Austin, United States

Atar David earned his M.A. in middle eastern studies from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), and is currently a Ph.D. student in the history department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in nutritional perceptions, agricultural reforms, and food-provision policies in the modern middle east. His current research focuses on the great depression in the eastern Mediterranean and its effect on land allocation and food supply.

Nicole Libbey

Nicole Libbey

Towson University, United States

Nicole Libbey is a group counselor at The Renfrew Center of Baltimore, a nationally recognized eating disorder treatment center. Nicole received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Towson University in May 2020 and hopes to obtain a PhD in the same discipline in the future. Nicole has focused her research on the factors that impact college students’ relationships with food, such as experiencing food insecurity and being exposed to diet culture’s harmful messaging and hopes to continue exploring these areas as a clinician and scholar.

Gema Charmain Gonzales

Gema Charmain Gonzales

Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris, France

Gema Charmaine Gonzales is a second-year doctoral student in General and Comparative Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle — Paris 3. Before moving to France, she was a full-time French lecturer in the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her dissertation focuses on gastropoetics as expression of resistance in postcolonial literatures from Southeast Asia by women. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of postcolonial feminism, food studies, literary anthropology and Southeast Asian studies.

Ishan Basnet

Ishan Basnet

Triphuvan University, Nepal

Ishan is a highly motivated and qualified food safety specialist with over 10 years experience in the field. Highly knowledgeable and analytical Food Safety Specialist with a solid understanding of sanitation and food safety regulations. Versed with implementing operational strategies and quality managements systems to meet organizational QA standards. Has superior attention to detail and excellent auditing skills. Holds a Master’s degree in Food Science. Currently working as a lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Weranuj Ariyasriwatana

Weranuj Ariyasriwatana

Marist College, United States

Dr. Weranuj Ariyasriwatana is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Marist College, NY. She holds a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from University of Hawaii at Manoa, a Master of Arts in Global Marketing Communication and Advertising from Emerson College, and a Bachelor of Economics from Chulalongkorn University. She previously taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chaminade University, and Savannah State University. Her industry background lies in advertising, particularly as a Senior Strategic Planner and Consumer Insights Manager. Advertising agencies she worked for include McCann Worldgroup, Ogilvy & Mather, Hakuhodo, Publicis, and BBDO. Her research interests include social media, food communication, health communication, intercultural communication, consumer insights, and beauty.

Michael Pascucilla

Michael Pascucilla

Southern Connecticut State University, United States

Michael Pascucilla was appointed as the CEO/Director of Health for the East Shore District Health Department in 2010. Michael holds a B.S. degree in Public Health/Nutrition from Southern Connecticut University (SCSU) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut. He is a Registered Sanitarian and nearly 30 years’ experience as a public health official.
Michael also is an Adjunct Professor at SCSU, and a Lecturer at Yale University in the School of Public Health located in New Haven, Connecticut.
Michael resides in the Town of Guilford, Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

Maria Neira

Maria Neira

Universidad Santo Tomas, Columbia

Maria Paula Neira is a final semester student about to graduate from sociology at the Santo Tomas University, in Bogotá, Colombia. Recently she obtained a Laureate Thesis due to her work on the configuration of the food practice in Spanish migrants in the city of Bogotá. Throughout her career, Maria Paula has dedicated herself to different activities, research groups, and academic monitoring, and has also been recognized for her high academic standings. She did her University Internship at the District Institute of Cultural Heritage (Instituto Distrital de Patrimonio Cultural) where she was able to learn about the intangible heritage of her city. As for her research interest, this has focused on the sociology of food, the connection between identity and food, and the food practice of migrants. Maria Paula hopes to continue expanding her knowledge in this area and wants to obtain a master's degree in cultural studies.

Candan Turkkan

Candan Turkkan

Ozyegin University, Turkey

Candan Turkkan is an assistant professor at Ozyegin University Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. She has received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Political Science. Her work is at the intersections of political theory, political economy, and food politics, taking up questions on (bio)politics, neoliberalism, and agrarian political economy. Her book Feeding Istanbul: Political Economy of Urban Provisioning from the Leviathan to the Free Market, under contract with SpringerBrill, is due to come out in 2020.

In Their Words

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."

Andrew Kleinke, 2014 Awardee

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."

Márcio Carocho, 2014 Awardee

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."

Caitlin Rathe, 2016 Awardee