Issue 1 was completed by graduate students in AMST: 490 “Writing Material Culture,” under the direction of editor-in-chief Bernard L. Herman in fall 2012.
Burke Edwards was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. He is currently a senior Public Policy major and a History and American Studies double minor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating, he will live and work in Greensboro, North Carolina. Outside of school, Burke enjoys being on the water, reading good books, and meeting new people while exploring new places.
Elijah Gaddis is a folklorist and North Carolinian studying at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Prior to coming to UNC, Elijah cooked in restaurant kitchens, worked as an educator and researcher at a former plantation, and took an undergraduate degree in Literature, summa cum laude, from North Carolina State University. Elijah’s primary research interests are Southern landscapes and built environments, and he uses ethnographic fieldwork as a pretext for seeking out the best BBQ, bahn mi, and chicharron in North Carolina.
Kaitlyn Vogt is an American Studies major getting ready to graduate from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her academic interests include Southern food, Southern music, and what they say about Southern culture. She just completed her senior thesis “Carolina Home Place: The Bluegrass and Folk Community in Chapel Hill.” Her favorite things include pimento cheese and her chocolate lab, Gershwin. In her spare time she is trying to perfect the art of biscuit making. This fall she can be seen at Ole Miss getting her masters in Southern Studies.
Sarah Madge is an undergraduate student of American studies and History in her proud homeland of Nottingham, England. She is currently studying abroad for the year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before returning home; she plans to travel the breadth of America in order to soak up as much culture as she can. Chapel Hill and North Carolina have definitely become her home within the South and the recipes, friends, songs and places will stay with her for life- even if the accent won’t.
Stephen Mandravelis is a first year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studies the art history of the United States. He will soon begin writing his dissertation on the visual culture of the Civil War. Born and raised in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, Stephen is a tried-and -true Yankee. While he sees his Southern sojourn as a wonderful adventure, he finds the South ‘wicked’ perplexing. Will this transplant ever get used to such mainstay Southernisms as “Y’all”? Only time will tell.
Daniel Ackermann is a PhD student in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia where he studied history, architectural history, and material culture. He is currently the Associate Curator of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
Candice Jansen is a South African student of creative non-fiction. Her undergraduate studies in Photojournalism, History, and Politics from Rhodes University helped her establish the Media Program of the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre. Here she advocated for award-winning development programs that improve quality of life around South Africa with Solutions Journalism. She marries her interests in human development and artistic expression to investigate the Art of Documentary with her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from Duke University. Both her grandmothers were mammies.
Taylor Batten studies nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has big plans but appreciates her Southern raisin’ and what the South continues to teach her daily. “Everything you need to know about me you could discover by looking at a sunflower. I stand tall and face the sun, ever ready to soak up God’s love. Like its yellow petals, I wish to radiate happiness to others. The sunflower is my symbol of faith and adoration. But most importantly – like me – it grows best in the South.”
Originally from South Florida, Rachel Mabe is currently pursuing her master’s degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests primarily lie in material culture of the home and oral history—in people and their everyday lives. She is also a writer, photographer, artist, and collector of found objects.
Bernie Herman, Editor in Chief