Research Associates

Jo Sharma


Associate Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough
Jo (Jayeeta) Sharma is an Associate Professor in the Historical and Cultural Studies Department and a member of the Graduate Departments of History and the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her research examines food, mobilities, labour, family and gender in imperial and postcolonial spaces, including the city of Toronto. Jo is also a partner of the Food Health Ecosystems Lab.


Noah Allison


Culinaria Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Noah Allison is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Culinaria Research Centre. His research explores everyday city life in the context of migration, politics of difference, inequality, and governance.  His current book project explores how diversity is marketed in city-making projects and contested in multigroup settlements on the urban peripheries of New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, and Toronto.



Siera Vercillo

Post Doc Siera Vercillo

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto Scarborough
Siera’s research is broadly located in the fields of feminist geography, political ecology and critical development studies. Her work specifically focuses on linking the literature on agrarian and nutrition transitions, smallholder livelihood development, food sovereignty, rural-to-urban food systems, and household food security in northern Ghana where she has been working within communities for the past 10 years.



Joel Dickau


Graduate Affiliate, Project Coordinator, University of Toronto
Joel is an (almost) graduate of the U of T history department’s Ph.D. program. His dissertation is a sensory history of the American food industry that focuses on food texture to examine how scientists have tried to resolve political tensions between consumers and producers. He also researches the history of Toronto’s foodways as the manager of the Tasting the Global City project and is a member of the Culinaria Research Centre hosted at UTSC.


Jaclyn Rohel


CEHR Early Career Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

Jackie Rohel is a Research Associate with the Feeding City Lab. For 2021-22, she is the Early Career Fellow in Community-Engaged Humanities Research at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. Her interdisciplinary research on food provisioning and the marketplace focuses on entrepreneurship, and culinary  innovation, and the ethics of hospitality. Her work has appeared in publications such as Gastronomica.  Raised in Toronto, Jackie moved to New York to pursue her PhD in Food Studies at NYU, where she was a founding member of the City Food Research Network. Currently, she serves as an editor on Gastronomica’s Editorial Collective.


Current Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Daphne Berberyan
Adam Bishop
Rayah Flash
Amber McNeil
Serena Yuan

Current Interns:

Madeleine Frechette
Shathvahi Sivanathan
Cathy Zuo

Past Team Members:
Shirin Arghandeh (2020)
Joseph Cammisuli (2020)
Eileen Chen (2021)
Cheryl Cheung (2020-2021)
Lynne Chia (2020)
Laurie Courtney-Brooke (2020)
Chantelle DeCunha (2021)
Matilda Dipieri (2020-2021)
Eleonora Gagliardi (2020)
Angela Gong (2020)
Lindsay Goodridge (2020-2021)
Stella-Luna Ha (2020)
Yusra Khalid (2020-2021)
Hannah Klemmensen (2020-2021)
Dora Latalisa (2021)
Jeffrey Liu (2020-2021)
Qi Annnie Liu (2021)
Juan Lloren (2020)
Nida Mizra (2020)
Amira Namasivayam (2020)
Yianni Pantis (2021)
Patrick Ren (2021)
Olivia Rodrigo (2020-2021)
Sebastian Rojas (2021)
Jaime Rosenfeld (2020-2021)
Ruth Siew (2020)
Sterling Stutz (2020)
Veronica Wahba (2021)
Bethany Wong (2021)