KATHERINE C. HYSMITH | curriculum vitae | 2017
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PhD student, American Studies, currently
Research interests include: Critical and Historical Studies of Food and Women and Gender; Material Culture and Public Humanities; Oral History, Public History, and Digital Humanities Studies
BOSTON UNIVERSITY MLA, Gastronomy, 2014
Thesis: “Civilized Tinklings”: Gentility, Ritual, and Social Distinctions in the Southern Tea Ritual, Thesis advisor: Prof. Warren Belasco
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN BA, Plan II Honors and French, 2011
Minors: Linguistics and food studies
Honors Thesis: “Finding food for a rambling fancy:” Gastronomic gentility and symbolism in Jane Austen’s Texts, Thesis advisor: Prof. Janine Barchas, Second reader: Prof. Marc Bizer
Oxford Summer Program, 2008
Studied English literature in the summer of 2008 at Brasenose College, Oxford University
Forthcoming, “Mealtime etiquette” in World of Antebellum America, ABC-Clio, (TBD).
Forthcoming, “Special Occasion Meals” in World of Antebellum America, ABC-Clio, (TBD).
“Russian American Cuisine” in Ethnic American Food Today Encyclopedia. Maryland: AltaMira Press (2015).
“Blini” and “Pavlova” in Ethnic American Cooking: Recipes for Living in a New World. Maryland: AltaMira Press (2016).
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
Forthcoming “Social Media for Scholars”
Co-leading roundtable discussion and workshop on using social media platforms as academic research and networking tools. In addition to a discussion of the theoretical justification of social media, this panel will also include practical tips (community engagement, social media strategies, hashtags, and more) for anyone wanting to dive into or further expand their presence on social media. Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference. Occidental College, Los Angeles, 2017.
Forthcoming “The Art of Storytelling and Making Images with Food”
Co-teaching with photographer and journalist, Baxter Miller of Bit & Grain. This course brings together various recipes and foodways of North Carolina, highlighting local farms, growers, producers, artisans and their seasonal offerings. This course explores all facets of documentary food photography, story development, photography styling and propping techniques, cover shooting and editing with SLR, mobile, and desktop cameras and editors, as well as publication and social media outreach. Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, April 2017.
“Civilized Tinklings”: Gentility, Ritual, and Social Distinctions in the Southern Tea Ritual
Paper on panel, “Food Trends in American History,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference. University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. 2014.
“Finding food for a rambling fancy:” Gastronomic gentility and symbolism in Jane Austen’s Texts
Paper on panel, “Food in Literature,” Association for the Study of Food and Society Conference. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. 2013.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA | WEISS URBAN LIVABILITY FELLOWSHIP
2016-2017 Academic Year
Selected as one of eight fellows in a year-long program that brings graduates from various disciplines together to improve and address issues of urban livability. The fellowship culminated in a final community project called “A Place at the Table: A Foodways Walking Tour.” The tour featured a handful of important local restaurants, markets, and other food related establishments that make up the local Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC foodways and help explore the ways in which the community eats, shares, or even lacks food. Each stop includes a short discussion about the establishments and the various food related issues of urban livability, food deserts, and food insecurity, as well as historical and contemporary ethnic and cultural foodways that are, or are not, represented in the community.
GRADUATE ASSOCIATION FOR FOOD STUDIES | COMMUNICATIONS EDITOR
Created and managed all social media platforms and feeds. Tracked and managed web and social media analytics for all social media platforms and the website. Contributed to the annual GAFS conference planning and quarterly journal launch process.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, GASTRONOMY PROGRAM | COMMUNICATIONS GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Summer & Fall 2013
Served as editor for the Gastronomy at BU blog (gastronomyatbu.com), managed editorial calendar, content submissions and editing, and social media. Launched and managed Instagram account for BU Gastronomy.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, PLAN II HONORS PROGRAM | EDITOR
2009 – 2011
Created and edited a biweekly newsletter that reached current students, staff, professors and alumni.
FOODWAYS TEXAS | MEDIA & EVENT INTERN
January – August 2011
Foodways Texas is a grassroots organization with goals to preserve and share Texas food histories, cultures and stories. Helped with food events, symposiums, internet research and data retrieval, member relations, press releases, news blog and oral histories. Coordinated and oversaw the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference co-sponsored event “Up in Smoke” at Boggy Creek Farm, Austin in June.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, DEPT. OF ENGLISH | RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Researched, filed, compiled and edited Dr. Janine Barchas’ newest publication on Jane Austen entitled Matters of Fact, published by John Hopkins Press, 2012. Worked at the Harry Ransom Center, the Perry-Castaneda Library and through numerous online research databases. Coordinated information exchange between Dr. Barchas and other human resources both local and abroad.
FREELANCE PRINTED PUBLICATIONS, a selection
“A Texas Christmas Feast” Sift, King Arthur Flour
“Lone Star Leftovers” The Local Palate
“On forbidding Iceland terrain, tomatoes grow and achieve renown” The Boston Globe
“Heart of Mexico: Susana Trilling shares the joy of Oaxacan cuisine from her adopted home” Culture
“A Cure thing: How the sausage gets made at Elias Cairo’s Olympia Provisions” Culture
“A melon primer at the height of season” The Boston Globe
“Best of the New: Food” The Boston Globe Magazine
“Greg Dickinson creates gumbo feasts for the L’Espalier staff” The Boston Globe
“Find a farm dinner and pull up a chair” The Boston Globe Magazine
“Young entrepreneur creates high end cold-brew iced tea” The Boston Globe
“Dinner procured from land and sea” The Boston Globe
“At Damnation Alley, small-batch spirits with a hyper-local twist” The Boston Globe
FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHY, a selection
PANTRY, a start-up meal-kit grocery concept in Boston, 2014-2015
EAT BOUTIQUE, various posts
For additional examples, please visit: http://youngaustinian.com/portfolio
THE MONGER | COMMUNICATIONS EDITOR
Created and managed all social media platforms and feeds. Answered consumer questions on Twitter and created weekly tasting notes for new products and cheeses. Tracked and managed web and social media analytics for all social media platforms and the website.
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN | SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
Created and managed the Cook’s Country Fair online blog post campaign which lasted for 12 weeks with new themes and a giveaway each week. Coordinated with food bloggers to participate in the Cook’s Country Fair campaign with simultaneous giveaways. Posted content daily to Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+, scheduled weekly Facebook posts, as well as occasional Instagrams. Answered daily questions from consumers on brand’s three Facebook pages. Created blog posts with material sourced from our social media sites including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using Storify and WordPress.
MEDIA & ONLINE WORK
KING ARTHUR FLOUR, Contributor for various campaigns
KITCHEN DAILY, Contributor
EAT BOUTIQUE, Contributor
FOUNDER & WRITER, The Young Austinian, 2011 – present
For links to additional online publications, please visit: http://youngaustinian.com/portfolio/online/
Fluent in French and Spanish
Recipe development, testing, and writing
Editing and proofreading
Research and archival work
Event planning and organization
Blogging and writing
Digital photography and editing
HTML and CSS
WordPress, Photoshop, Indesign
Social Media Platforms (Tumblr, Pinterest, Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Social Media Management Systems (Hootsuite, IFTTT, Statigram, Storify)
Jacques Pepin Award, Gastronomy Program, Boston University, 2013
Finalist for the Smithsonian Raise-A-Glass Cocktail Contest, “Liberty Tree Shrub”
Best Writing on Food — Student Division, Association of Food Journalists, 2015