For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Mariana Hase Ueta is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and an Associate Researcher at Institute of Asian Studies at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil. She is also part of the Sustentarea project at the University of São Paulo (USP) that promotes sustainable food systems. Her research focuses on intergenerational discussions on Sustainable Food Consumption from a comparative perspective in Brazil, China, the USA, and Germany. She has been a Fulbright Fellow at UCLA (USA), DAAD Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and a Visiting Researcher at Shanghai University (China). She is committed to empowering perspectives from the Global South in Food Justice debates in order to build an inclusive path towards Sustainable Development.
Gwyneth M. Manser is a Geography Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis. She also holds an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University and a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Emory University. Gwyneth’s research focuses on food and agricultural systems, cultural geography, consumption, equity, and health, and her work broadly engages with geography, sociology, food studies, and science and technology studies. For her dissertation research, she is examining the form, function, and impact of rules and regulations at farmers markets.
Ana Garcia has been an international student from Mexico for over a decade in the USA. During these years, Ana has pursued her passion for food by completing her degree in culinary arts and working as a pastry chef right after graduation. While working as a pastry chef, she realized how big and important the restaurant and food industry is that she decided to go back to school to start a program in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management at the New Mexico State University in the USA. While in school, Ana had the incredible opportunity to attend International Conferences where she was able to learn from other people, other cultures, and different issues around the world. With this, Ana decided to pursue a master's degree in the same area to be able to develop research for her thesis where she was able to take the opportunity to work with two different countries as she is part of the borderland. Thanks to the research presented for her master’s degree, she was able to connect Mexico, the US, the restaurant industry, food, culture, and one of the major topics; COVID-19. Now, Ana plans to pursue a Ph.D. program to be able to continue with other research needed in the food industry.
Dr. Weranuj Ariyasriwatana is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Marist College, NY. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the 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.
Melanie Narciso is a nutritionist by training with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of the Philippines (UPLB) and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, respectively. She graduated at the top of her undergrad and graduate classes, awarded cum laude, first place at the 1998 Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Licensure Examination and Outstanding MS student finalist. Ms. Narciso joined the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food at UPLB, initially as a rice researcher and later as a faculty member. She is presently a doctoral candidate of Anthropology at the University of Georgia Athens, pursuing her life’s passion: food and culture. She is an advocate of food and nutrition security and sustainable gastronomy, researching and promoting these through biocultural diversity, ethnonutrition, taste and memory. Currently, she is in the Philippines working on her dissertation that intends to describe the state of the art of the traditional fermented product buru and the impact of rice modernization on its continuity and change.
Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University, she is an economic and organizational sociologist researching morality and markets. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of veganism on the food industry and how the food industry in the US and the UK developed and expanded the vegan moral market. She examines the role of producers, animal rights organizations, regulators, and consumers in cultivating and hindering the development of this market. In addition to researching food industries, Miri also studies organizational culture, hiring inequality and the emergence of collective action among retail investors. Lastly, Miri is an expert in online teaching and works as a learning engineer guiding instructors in online instruction at Northwestern University.
Dr. Lana Repar is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Food Business with the Department of Food Business and Development at Cork University Business School, University College Cork. She holds a Ph.D. in food supply chain management from University College Cork (Ireland), and a Master of Engineering in Agribusiness and Rural Development and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Zagreb (Croatia). Lana is passionate about teaching and delivers numerous courses in the food business, marketing, and entrepreneurship at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research interests include food marketing, digital media, consumer choices and behavior, branding, sustainability, and new product development, with a focus on contributing to our understanding of peoples’ food choices and an aim to inform different policies and initiatives to build a society that has a better relationship with food. Lana is one of the co-founders of an international DEX Network focused on innovation, sustainability, value addition and digitalization in the dairy industry. She has a keen interest in entrepreneurship and frequently mentors student start-ups and coordinates summer schools and student business idea competitions. Lana works closely with several food companies to build their business and marketing strategies and create synergies and great experiences between the food industry and students. She is very enthusiastic about exploring and successfully marketing new sustainable and healthy foods that will address the ever-changing needs of the growing population.
Nick Maithonis is an M.S. student in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Oregon State University-Cascades. His experience in food service led him to focus on the environmental impacts and social costs of food production. He is interested in urban agriculture, specifically how urban agriculture can be used as a policy tool to meet carbon emission reduction goals while also mitigating food insecurity. His research is focused on the community gardens in his hometown, Bend, OR, looking at ecosystem services from community gardens and if or how community garden participants directly experience food insecurity.
Alkım Kutlu is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the Institute for Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Her doctoral thesis is on embodied performances and intersectional politics in food and travel series produced in the U.S. from the early 2000s to the present, drawing from effect, phenomenology, and transcultural studies. She holds an MA in English and Transcultural Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany and a BA in English Language and Literature from Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Her previous research focused on class politics in literary cookbooks and culinary performances of cultural identities in 21st century Asian American theatre. Her research interests include food media, intermediality, gender and queer studies, intersectionality, and postcolonial/decolonial theory.
Stefan Norgaard is passionate about good urban governance and participatory democratic practice, and particularly how cities' public/private arrangements affect equitable development outcomes. He is a Ph.D. student in Urban Planning at Columbia University (Degree Expected: 2024). His interests include urban and planning theory, local-government and planning law, and mixed-methods research focused on planning practice and urban governance in post-apartheid South Africa, the United States, and Mexico. Central to Stefan’s research projects are inquiries of political ecology, agrarian-industrial transformations, and terroir that shapes place-making and economic development (in critical perspective).
Katie Huckson is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and educator based in Northern Ontario, Canada. Currently, a Ph.D. student at McMaster University, her research employs creative and collaborative methodologies to explore embodied experiences of disordered eating through a poststructuralist feminist and intersectional lens. Particularly, Huckson utilizes research-creation to mimic, provoke, and challenge the ways sociocultural institutions such as medicine, mainstream media, diet industries, and the patriarchal model of the family construct narrow, gendered ideals with regards to appetite, bodily appearance, and relationships with food. She situates her practice within critical contemporary feminist video and performance art that engages the body, food, ritual, and maintenance gestures. Her video and performance artworks have been exhibited internationally and across Canada. In 2018, her video "Normal Disorders" won the best picture at the University of Colorado Lights Camera Take-Action Film Festival. in 2020, she was awarded a grant through the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a 2021-22 NSERC research fellow at McMaster University.
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."