Doctoral Student Spotlights

Kelila Jaffe

Food Studies

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
The interdisciplinary focus of the Food Studies program allows graduate students a certain amount of academic freedom uncommon to the more traditional programs. I am encouraged to explore related work in fields other than my own, which I can then use to inform my own theoretical and methodological frameworks.
My academic passion is:
Food
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
have kayaked the Colorado River
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Exploring the food of NYC's diverse communities
A hobby I have is:
Target Archery
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Ippudo
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Ancient Diet
I'm interested in this topic because:
You are what you eat, and so were they!
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Krishnendu Ray
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
Moku'ula excavation in Lahaina, Hawaii
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
International Council for Archaeology, Paris, France
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Global Food Cultures: Hong Kong

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Sonoma, CA
Career Goals:
University teaching and advising