University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

My research focuses on the intersection of diet, health, and society in the mid- to late-twentieth century. I am specifically interested in understanding how dietary and fitness experts in the last half of the 20th century gained popular and scientific credibility. My current work shows how the pursuit of particular fad diets reflects consumer-patient positionality and reveals a diverse range of health philosophies rooted in specific sociocultural contexts. This work is an extension of my MA thesis, which analyzed the local, political, and medical origins of the first cohesive national vegetarian/health food movement for African Americans during the civil rights era.

Education

M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, 2013
B.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Philosophy of Science, Quinnipiac University, 2011
B.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Theater Arts, Quinnipiac University, 2011

MA Title

  •  “A Farewell to Chitterlings”: Alvenia Fulton, Natural Health Foods, and the Civil Rights Movement. Advisor: Susan E. Lederer. (completed 2015)