Food Across Borders was co-sponsored by Comparative Border Studies at Arizona State University and The Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. The idea originated among an interdisciplinary group of scholars working in the fields of food studies, U.S. borderlands history, immigration and labor. They include:


Matt Garcia


Matt Garcia is Professor of Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies and History at Dartmouth College. He previously taught at Arizona State University, Brown University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of A World of Its Own: Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 and From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement.

E. Melanie DuPuis


E. Melanie DuPuis is Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Science at Pace University and Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz. She has a BA in Sociology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. She is author of Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice, Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink, co-author of Alternative Food Politics: Knowledge, Practice and Politics, with David and Mike Goodman, and editor of two edited collections: Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution and Creating the Countryside: The Politics of Rural and Environmental Discourse.

DOn Mitchell


Don Mitchell is Professor of Cultural Geography at Uppsala University, Sweden and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, USA. He is the general editor of Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riots, Revolts, Uprisings, and Revolutions Shaped a City and the author, most recently, of They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California.


Meredith E. Abarca


Meredith E. Abarca is a Professor of Latina/o Literature and Food Studies; her current work focuses on Afro-Latina/o food narratives. She’s is the author of Voices in the Kitchen (2006), and co-editor of Rethinking Chicana/o Literature Through Food (2013) and Latin@’s Presence in the Food Industry (2016).

Kellen Backer


Kellen Backer is a Humanities Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University. He studies the ways that science, medicine, and technology have shaped people’s understanding of food. His research and writing focuses primarily on modern America, though his work has also extended to transnational food networks.

William Carleton


William Carleton is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on the intersections of industrial and non-industrial agriculture in the twentieth-century New Mexico borderlands.

Teresa Mares


Teresa Mares is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the intersection of food and migration studies.

Jessie Mazar


Jessie Mazar received her MS in Food Systems from The University of Vermont in 2016. Her thesis explored food access and food sovereignty issues within Vermont’s farmworker community.

Katherine Sarah Massoth


Katherine Sarah Massoth is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisville. Her research focuses on gender, ethnic identity and the home in the nineteenth-century U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern


Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern is an assistant professor of Food Studies at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on the intersection of food, race, and immigration.

Mary Murphy


Mary Murphy is a Distinguished Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. She teaches and writes about the history of gender in the North American West and is the author of Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942 and Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41, among other books. She is currently collaborating on a Montana cookbook that will combine essays about food and cooking with recipes drawn from historical cookbooks.

Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt


Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Degree Programs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research examines Asian/Pacific Islander American history, race and ethnicity in the United States, immigration, and urban/suburban cultures.

Kathleen Sexsmith


Kathleen Sexsmith is a PhD Candidate in Development Sociology at Cornell University. Her research focuses on labor migration in the global agri-food system.

José Antonio Vásquez-Medina


José Antonio Vásquez-Medina is a postdoctoral researcher at the Mexican Food Observatory of the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana. His research focuses on social dynamics and narratives about food preparation among Mexican migrant cooks.

Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland


Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland is Migrant Health Coordinator for Bridges to Health, a program of the University of Vermont Extension. She received her MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont in 2014.

Marygold Walsh-Dilley


Marygold Walsh-Dilley is Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. She received her PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University, and her research focuses on the politics of food and agrarian transformation.

Michael Wise

Michael Wise is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas who studies food and the colonial experience in western North America. He is the author of Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies (2016).

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