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. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.
Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early-career faculty.
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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.
Roxanne Krietzman is a recent graduate of the Leadership in Student Affairs masters program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During her studies, she completed coursework on college student mental health, which spurred her interest in the intersection of food insecurity and poor mental health outcomes among college students. Along with food insecurity awareness, Roxanne is passionate about sexual misconduct prevention and trauma-informed educational practices within higher education. She is excited to begin her career as a higher education professional and to continue to be an advocate for programs and services that combat food insecurity and uplift mental health and wellbeing.
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.
Elizabeth Schiffler is a PhD student in the Theater and Performance Studies Department at UCLA, and a Certificate in Food Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of food and performance, examining contemporary edible acts at both quotidian and theatrical scales through feminist, indigenous, new media, phenomenology and Anthropocene studies. Her undergraduate degree is in Theater Design and Comparative History of Ideas at University of Washington with an emphasis on nonhuman-human American mythologies and immersive performance. She was the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Pacific Science Center, with residences and video art screenings along the West Coast, her art-practice sifts through the relationships and crossings between food and performance.
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.
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."