“When I saw the description for The Carolina Global Food program, I was overwhelmed by the possibilities presented by the open-ended nature of the project. As an interdisciplinary studies student with a focus on food studies, however, my whole major is based on a strong sense of self-direction as well as the trust of professors who are mentoring and supporting me through my studies. The Carolina Global Food program is a huge testament to the trust the Carolina puts in its students. I’m honored to be involved in the first year of this program.
My research project is on Southern identity and the use of barbecue to express and exploit that identity. I’m conducting oral histories in North Carolina, New York City and Berlin, Germany with pit-masters, chefs and restaurant owners who are involved in barbecue restaurants. As a southerner who has lived inside and outside the South, this project is deeply personal to me, and will certainly be profound both academically and personally.”