The Kneading Conference welcomes Ellen Messer, Ph.D.
We are thrilled to have Dr. Ellen Messer join us to share her reflections on maize-based food systems and cuisine. She will take part in both flint corn workshops on the schedule alongside Dusty Dowse (MGA Baking Education Director, ) and then the following day with Albie Barden (longtime corn seed saver).
Ellen is an anthropologist dedicated to ending hunger and advancing human rights. Her ethnographic work over the 1970s and 1980s in Mexico included ethnobotanical research and additional studies of women's roles and time allocation in transforming diets and food systems.
After teaching anthropology at Yale and other universities, Ellen moved into the multi-disciplinary World Hunger Program at Brown University, an academic think-tank, NGO, and science policy center, where she combined research on breaking the links between hunger and conflict, the human right to food, and explored potential impacts of new agro-biotechnologies on hunger.
Currently she continues research and teaching as visiting faculty of the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and as faculty of the Gastronomy MLA program at Boston University's Metropolitan College. Beyond research and teaching, she also enjoys hiking and birdwatching, cooking and culinary history, biblical exegesis and religious dialogue, and occasionally write poetry.