Comfort/Discomfort Foodways–Administrative Team

Lucy Long– Project Director. Lucy M. Long directs the independent nonprofit Center for Food and Culture and teaches in American studies, ethnic studies, folklore, and nutrition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. With degrees in Folklore (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) and Ethnomusicology (MA, University of Maryland), she focuses on food and music as mediums for meaning, identity, community, and power. Her publications include: Culinary Tourism (2004), Regional American Food Culture (2009), Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia  (2015), The Food and Folklore Reader (2015), Ethnic American Cooking (2016), Honey: A Global History (2017), and Comfort Food Meanings and Memories (2017). 

Jerry Reed–Assistant Project Director. Jerry Reed is a recent graduate from Bowling Green State University’s MA program in Popular Culture, where he received his BS in Education prior to graduate school. Jerry has primary research interests in children’s folklore, foodways, and community making. During his graduate education, he served as an instructor and student support professional for the College of Education at BGSU, in addition to completing an internship with The Center for Food and Culture, working on curriculum that uses food to help children understand cultural conflict.

Quinlan Odom–Project Assistant. Quinlan Odom is a recent graduate of the Public History Master’s program at Middle Tennessee State University. While pursuing her degree, she discovered a love of both local and oral history. She completed her thesis on the emergence of LGBT+ student organizations at public universities in Tennessee in April 2020. Post-graduation, Quinlan is excited to explore foodways and further expand her oral history skills.    

John Broadwell–Project Assistant. A Nashville native and Lipscomb University graduate, John Broadwell is now in the Public History MA program at Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, he is spearheading an oral history project documenting the experiences of LGBTQ+ people who attended Lipscomb University between 1970 and 2000. John is a graduate assistant with the Albert Gore Research Center and Vice President of the Association for Graduate Students in History at MTSU. He also holds memberships with the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History and the Oral History Association.

Hannah Santino–Project Assistant. Hannah Santino is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she specializes in the sociology of emotions and has researched self-help movements and therapeutic cultures. She earned an MA in Ethnochoreology, also at UIL, and a BA Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for the BA Arts Student Leadership Programme, University of Limerick, serves as copy editor for the Irish Journal of Anthropology. Previous internships include the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Hate and Hostility Research Group, University of Limerick. 

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