Sukai Kato-Hopkins is an inquirer, traveller, and a perfect consumer who can never turn down a sales offer. I believe that advertisements sell both a product and a message, and that it’s important to train oneself to notice all of the small discreet messages being broadcasted through advertisements and commercials. Though growing up in a unique biracial household in rural Japan, I’m very interested in American history and popular culture, and hope to gain more knowledge on the subject.
Erin Saliba is an artist, critical thinker, and chocolate lover. As an ethnically diverse half Persian, half Lebanese American and student of Orange County School of the Arts, food is central to my culture and heritage. I view food as a universal language with the power to connect different people from various backgrounds. Food advertisements contribute to this language by reinforcing gender stereotypes of the past and present as opposed to dissolving or rewriting them.
Gulin “Eva” Gelogullari is a film-media critic and peacemaker who is about to graduate from her first master’s in Film Studies at the University of North Texas, and start her second one in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University. I strongly believe that the interplay between gender, food and culture facilitates positive communication around the world. Humankind can break many barriers via mutual understanding of these concepts. I have recognized the powerful impact of multicultural cuisines on human interactions, and I wanted to learn more about these subjects. After receiving the Outstanding Foreign Student Award in North Texas in 2014, I was asked to pick a course about American History. I found the most unique course “Gender, Food and Culture in American History” taught by Dr. Marilyn Morgan. It was the best summer school ever. My love of fashion and cupcakes explained so many things about the contemporary women and feminism. I like baking cupcakes for humanitarian projects, especially for women and children in conflict zones.
Mia graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a concentration in Psychology and a secondary in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. As an 8th generation Alabamian, food is an integral part of my identity, even as I live among Yankees. A large bag of stone-ground grits sits in my fridge at this very moment. Although my workday is occupied by clinical psychology research, I continue to critically think about, cook, and consume food. I highly recommend joining the Southern Foodways Alliance and listening to their podcast, Gravy. I’m currently enjoying cross-country Skype dates with my little sister in which we experiment with a new recipe each week. As you’ll learn in this course, food may not equate to love, but it can certainly provide connection.
Marilyn Morgan is an archivist, cultural historian, educator, enthusiastic baker, and lifelong lover of chocolate. I’ve spent my post-doctoral career investigating the complex cultural associations between food and gender-based stereotypes while experimenting with recipes. Now the Director of the Archives and History graduate program at UMass Boston, my fascination with the gendered perceptions of food preparation, cooking instruction, food advertising, and consumption, began while I worked as an archivist at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (2005-2014)–one of the world’s largest special collections repositories for both culinary collections and women’s history–and completing my Ph.D. in American History (University of Maine, 2007). When I’m not in the archives exploring or at my computer writing about ways in which cultural perceptions of gender, ethnicity, and class have shaped food advertising and manufacturing–especially in the creation of pre-packaged, convenience foods–I’m in my kitchen, baking batches brownies, cookies, cupcakes, quiches and pizzas.