MARCH 2019 My review of Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico by Alicia Gálvez was published in Food, Culture, and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research. Students in my American Food course at UMBC will be reading this book for class next week where we’ll take a critical look at NAFTA’s impacts on food systems and food appropriation.

MARCH 2019 I was a featured speaker along with Dr. Maggie Gray on a panel on Food and Labour at University of Toronto’s Culinaria Research Centre and Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Here’s the link with more information on the event. We cooked calas and talked New Orleans foodways in Dr. Ken MacDonald’s Human Geographies course. And, of course, had delicious dinner (and wine) at Grey Gardens in Kensington Market in Toronto.

JANUARY 2019 I’m looking forward to 2019 and teaching two 300-level courses entitled, American Food, which will look at labor, food sovereignty, identity and foodways, all through a global framework. I am excited to also teach a methodological course, Approaches to American Studies, in the spring semester. This course will help majors with research design. Very excited for the new year!

NOVEMBER 2018 The month will be busy with a workshop, presentations, and teaching! On November 16, I am excited to present my paper entitled, “Deregulating yet Policing: ICE Raids, Latinx Labor and Resistance in Restaurant Jobs in the South," on the session, “Minimum wage, Migration, #Metoo, and Media: Restaurants at the Center of Social Change,” at the American Anthropological Association conference in San Jose, CA. On November 29 and 30, I get the opportunity to join some incredible food scholars (and eat great food) at the CityFood: Comparative Study of Street Vending Across Time and Place workshop at NYU. I will present my preliminary research on street vending and food economies in the aftermath of disasters. In the classroom, my students in my AMST200 course are starting work on their exciting research projects where they will focus on the city of Baltimore from 1850 to 1950 using archival data from the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Afro-American, Washington Post, and the New York Times. Student projects use the historical newspapers to help to answer the broad question, “What is an American?” by looking at topics like Little Italy in Baltimore; Immigrants in the Oyster and Crab Industry; Role of Black Labor in the Railroad Strike of 1877; and Baltimore Sun perspectives on the Japanese Internment.

Photographs provided by Fernando Lopez.