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.

OCTOBER 2018 Check out my interview, “Loncheras in New Orleans,” on the amazing food podcast, “Meant to be Eaten,” through Heritage Radio Network. In the podcast, I discussed my article published in Gastronomica which looks at food truck policy in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I talk about how lonchera owners were left out of the policymaking when New Orleans updated its ordinance to better meet the needs of a growing food truck industry. Yet I show how this policy was designed to cater more to the gourmet food trucks that are self-propelled and prohibited the loncheras (taco trucks), which tend to be trailers pulled by a truck.

AUGUST 2018 My article, "Re-Regulating Loncheras, Food Trucks, and their Clientele: Navigating Bureaucracy and Enforcement in New Orleans," was published in Gastronomica: The Critical Journal of Food Studies. 

JULY 2018 Check out my latest post for the Food and Anthropology blog series, "Latinx Foodways in North America." My piece, "Honduran Cheese, Tamales and Beans" looks at transnationalism, food, immigration, and nostalgia. And, my review of Hispanic and Latino New Orleans was published on July 10 in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History. 

JUNE 2018 I am excited to announce that I will be joining the wonderful faculty at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Visiting Lecturer in American Studies in August 2018! So excited to be a part of some amazing work happening at UMBC especially with community-engagement!

Photographs provided by Fernando Lopez.