Food and Culture: Status, Restaurants, and Identity

Food reflects and reinforces status. Decisions about what we eat, where we eat, how we eat, and with whom we eat function within a system shaped by our identities. This session offers an opportunity to examine more closely how status systems appear in cuisine and how status can shift depending on context.

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Dr. Fiona Halloran

Fiona Halloran, Ph.D., teaches Upper School humanities courses, including American Studies, AP European History, AP U.S. History, and Food and Culture. She also helps to guide the Model United Nations program. Dr. Halloran earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American history from American University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons. She has been supported in her research on American political cartooning and 19th-century history by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and the University of Oxford. 

Before coming to LJCDS in 2019, Dr. Halloran taught for four years at Eastern Kentucky University and for nine years at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the parent of a Middle Schooler and is excited to see where an LJCDS education will lead him.