Research: Visualizing Chicago’s People’s Park in the Archives

  Two weeks in the Special Collections at UIC’s Richard Daley Library as a Short-Term Travel Fellow have resulted in significant finds for my dissertation on illegal activist-created parks in the late-1960s and early-1970s.  My dissertation, titled, Radical Manifest Destiny: Mapping Power Struggles Over Urban Space in the Age of Protest, traces a transnational movement […]

Teaching: Mind Mapping American Bodies

In my American Studies courses I ask students to construct a mind map with an accompanying essay reflecting back on the course. The assignment aims to secretly get students to think about a structural analysis of power

Inspiration: Visualizing Slow Food

After posting recently on my Global Food Studies blog about my exploration in Italy of Slow Food International as a mission and practice, I wanted to explore the world of visualizing slow food. This graphic by Daniel Touchet interestingly connects practices of consuming food (growing it, cooking it, and talking about it) with emotions, arguing that […]

Inspiration: Teen Brains

I teach an online undergraduate course in American Studies at Purdue University, and today we’re reading a chapter from Julie Elman’s book Chronic Youth on teen brains.  Elman argues that even though we’ve always talked about teen behavior craziness since about the 1890s when the concept of adolescence emerges, in the 1980s and 1990s a […]

Research: Middletown Caprese Salad

Inspired by my most recent blog post on my farm-to-table version of a caprese salad, I explored how to visualize this recipe in a number of different ways to convey a variety of ideas, including: origin, components and hierarchy, and national meaning. First, in a Slow Food tactic of connecting with food production on a personal […]

Inspiration: Dubai’s World Expo, 2020

To begin, I want to start by connecting you with my other blog, Global Food Studies, in which I unpack my exploratory research trip to the 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy where I analyzed transnational American food studies.  In this post, I include graphics just released that visualize Dubai’s plans for its own World […]