A Mississippi native, Olivia returned back to her home state last year to pursue an M.A. in Southern Studies. She previously earned a B.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and spent a decade in San Francisco, where she worked on the editorial team at Williams-Sonoma and led restaurant content at OpenTable. She has also written about food and travel for national publications, covering grape and olive harvests in Tuscany and the Brazilian coffee industry. Now, her research explores the role of foodways in the historical construction of national and regional identity in the U.S. South and Northeast Brazil.

Areas of Focus: Global South, food studies