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Fellows in Alphabetical Order

Lisa Cromer

Lisa CromerMy research examines how people think about, respond to, and adapt to trauma and adversity. In particular, I am interested in resilience to trauma. I study cognitions (e.g., thoughts, beliefs) about one’s own, as well as others’, trauma experiences and how they are associated with psychological health. I examine factors that promote resilience, with emphasis on intervention work to enhance resilience, by conducting selective (i.e., with at risk groups) and indicated (i.e., groups showing early signs) prevention research. Resilience skill building is emphasized in my work. My interest in parenting is related to the family and child adaptation to trauma and to the prevention of the intergenerational transmission of trauma.

Michelle Donaldson

Michelle DonaldsonMichelle Donaldson is the Executive Chef of Tallgrass Prairie Table and The Bramble in downtown Tulsa. Michelle grew up in Tulsa and started her career as a cheesemonger. She graduated Top Toque from The Le Cordon Bleu, studied and worked in Las Vegas at the Michelin star restaurant, “Andre’s” and eventually moved on to the 5 star, 5 diamond, “Wynn Las Vegas Resort”. Michelle moved home in 2008 to pursue her love of Tulsa and the local, slow food movement. She is a large proponent and contributor to small farm economics and local community sustainability through food, activism, and volunteer work.

Sam Halabi

Sam HalabiSam Halabi is a scholar of national and global health law. He is the editor of Food and Drug Regulation in an Era of Globalized Markets as well as the author of several articles and book chapters on national and international food safety standards. He holds a law degree from Harvard, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford and undergraduate degrees from Kansas State University.


Sasha Martin

Sasha MartinSasha Martin is the author of “Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness,” (National Geographic, 2015) and founder of the blog Global Table Adventure in which she prepared a meal from 195+ countries and territories. Her work has been featured on NPR and in Food and Wine, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and O Magazine.


Anh-Thuy Nguyen

Anh-Thuy NguyenAnh-Thuy Nguyen is a multi-media artist, whose work spans from photography, video to performance and installation art. Nguyen continuously searches for ways to explore complex relationships and cultural conflicts, focusing on food and language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally including Video Holica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria (2012), 2nd Montone International Biennial, Italy (2013), Texas Biennial (2011), Arizona Biennial (2013) and Tulsa Biennial (2015). Nguyen is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK.

Molly Noah

Molly NoahMolly Noah is a Master’s candidate in Museum Science and Management at the University of Tulsa. Her focus is curatorial with special emphasis on Native American art and material culture. She has interned for art institutions such as the American Federation of Arts, Gilcrease Museum, and Philbrook Museum of Art.


Chris Ruane

Chris RuaneChristine Ruane is Professor Emerita of Russian and European History at the University of Tulsa. She is the author of two previous books. Her new project is on the social and cultural history of Imperial Russian kitchen gardening.



Emma Stewart

Emma StewartEmma Stewart is a Senior at the University of Tulsa from St. Louis.
She is studying English with minors in Spanish, political science, psychology, and philosophy, and plans to attend law school after graduation. Emma is interested in further examining how the flavors and smells of food influence memory, creating associations that shape cultures and traditions.


Bruce Willis

Bruce WillisBruce Dean Willis is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature in the field of contemporary Latin America. His specialities are Mexico and Brazil, poetry and theater. He redesigned the Latin American Cultures course to trace the influence of food and foodways through oral tradition, literature, music, art and other cultural phenomena.


Jan Wilson

Jan WilsonDr. Jan Wilson is Wellspring Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History at the University of Tulsa. Her teaching and research areas include gender and disability studies, feminist theory, and United States Women’s History. She is currently at work on her second book titled The Zoey Journal, which draws on historical analysis, theory, and her personal experiences raising a daughter with autism to offer unique perspectives on concepts such as mothering, identity, intersectionality, the gaze, and the meaning of disability.