I am a Professor of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte. My program of research examines advocacy, social change, and activism in the areas of food, health, corporate social responsibility, and public communication. My research primarily uses food as a lens to explore intersections between rhetoric and identity. I frequently study how advocacy shapes culture and policy around issues related to food and health, looking at how communication strategies cultivate change in local or regional food cultures, for example, or are used to reconstruct narratives that have excluded historically marginalized voices. I teach courses about Southern foodways, rhetoric, and public advocacy.
(to be added for 2023 but can be given a sub-waver)
- HONR 3700 Consuming Southern Foodways
- HONR 3700 Consuming Appalachian Foodways