I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. My research focuses on the roles food played in nineteenth-century institutions of immigration within the British Empire.
My dissertation, tentatively entitled “From Immigrant to Settler: Food in 19th Century British Colonial Institutions of Immigration” is supervised by Dr. Barbara Voss. It combines archaeological and archival data from two sites – Hyde Park Barracks in New South Wales, Australia and Grosse Île Quarantine Station in Quebec, Canada – to study the socialisation of nineteenth-century British immigrants through food. This project considers the social meanings of institutional provisioning, dining and consumption practices drawing on the literature of historical and contemporary institutional food.
I am also interested in food history more broadly, particularly in historical cookbooks and the recreation of historical food (for more see my blog Turnspit & Table). Making manuscript receipt books more accessible through transcription and digitisation is a keen interest, and I have led the crowd-sourced effort to transcribe the Dorothea Rousby Cookbook held in Stanford Special Collections.
Before coming to Stanford, I completed a BA (Honours) in Archaeology and a BA (Languages) in French and Archaeology at the University of Sydney. I have participated in field projects in Scotland and China, and performed specialist faunal analysis for a commercial archaeology firm in Australia.