BA, American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976-1981

MA, History, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1983-1985

Ph.D., American Studies, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1998-2003

Professional Experience

2018-present STYLIST-SALES ASSOCIATE, Vert & Vogue - Downtown Durham, North Carolina

July 2018 PROFESSOR EMERITUS : American Studies - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2003-2018 PROFESSOR : American Studies -University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2015-present FACULTY EDITOR, Southern Cultures - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2005-2008 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR : Carolina Center for Jewish Studies - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1997-1999 SALES ASSOCIATE, The Phoenix - Washington, D.C.

1995-1997 CO-OWNER/PROPRIETOR : Material Culture: Antiques, Persian Carpets, Southern Art, Crafts & Folk Art - Oxford, Mississippi

1991-1994 PROJECT DIRECTOR, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience - Jackson, Mississippi

1989-1991 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR : International Programs, Elderhostel - Boston, Massachusetts

1985-1989 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR : Public Programs, Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth, Massachusetts

Administration & Leadership

2015-2018 Co-Chair, “Food for All” , Academic Theme - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2005-2018 Jewish Studies Faculty Advisory Group - Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH

2017 Conference Program Co-Chair, “Jewish Food in the Global South : A Symposium” - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

2015 Conference Program Chair, “The State of the Plate: Food and the Local/Global Nexus” - Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH

2012 Program Committee Co-Chair, “Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies” - co-sponsored by Duke and UNC-CH

2008-2010 Director of Undergraduate Studies - Department of American Studies, UNC-CH

Board Leadership

2016-2018 Faculty Advisory Board, Burch Fellowship Honors Program - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017 Board of Directors, Feast Downeast - Wilmington, NC

2017 Council Member, Orange County Food Council - Chapel Hill, NC

2012-2017 Board of Governors, University of North Carolina Press - UNC-CH

2011-2013 Board Member, Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina

2006-2008 President, Southern Foodways Alliance - Oxford, Mississippi

2001-2007 Board Member, Alliance for American Quilts - Asheville, NC

2005-2007 Board Member, NC Hillel - Chapel Hill, NC

2006-2007 Secretary, Southern Jewish Historical Society - Marietta, GA

2004-2006 Board Member, Chapel Hill Historical Society


2019 Institute Faculty, “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South” - College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

2019 Moderator, James P. Elder Lecture : An Evening with Vivian Howard and Cynthia Hill - Elon College, Elon, NC

2019 Henry Samuel Levinson Lecture: “The Long Civil Rights Movement in the Jewish South” - UNCG, Greensboro, NC

2018 Speaker, “My Food is My Flag: A Conversation about Jewish, African American, and Southern Foodways,” Jewish Studies Program - College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

2017 Keynote Speaker, “North Carolina Foodways: Plate and Place,” North Carolina: The New American Heartland - Durham, NC

2015 Panel Commentator, “Deromanticizing Southern Foodways,” Southern Historical Association - Little Rock, AR

2015 Speaker, “Beard on Books” Reading, James Beard Foundation - New York, NY

2014 Speaker, “The Hungry South,” 17th Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

2013 Keynote Lecturer, “Southern Women at Work,” Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS