Food Fellows

John Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and South Dakota. He graduated with his BA from South Dakota State and MA in history from the University of South Dakota. His goals are to write Indigenous people into the historical narrative and help Native students into higher education. His main focus is on Native American veterans, music, cultural appropriation, and mascots. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota.

Sharon Perrone is a New Jersey native who first became interested in agriculture while working for the Dickinson College Farm’s inaugural summer crew in 2008. She earned her BS in biochemistry & molecular biology and Italian studies in 2011 from the same school, after which she worked on a series of farms in Oregon prior to settling in Washington, D.C. to advocate for sustainable agriculture law and policy with a focus on soil health. She is currently working on her M.S. in Applied Plant Sciences at the U of M with a focus in agroecology, cover cropping, and nutrient cycling. Her broader interest is to integrate science-based minimum-input conservation practices into national agricultural extension, outreach, and policy; specifically, to prioritize soil health enhancing practices that contribute to both high yield as well as effective and healthy land management. More recently, her interests have expanded into graduate pedagogy in the natural sciences.

Hannah Ramer: I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. After graduating with a BA in Environmental Studies from Brandeis University, I spent three seasons working on small farms in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York. My passion for research was rekindled while conducting research for A New England Food and Farm Vision (, which connected diets and agricultural footprints. Currently, I am a PhD student in Natural Resources Sciences and Management at the Uof M. My research is on urban agriculture policy in Minneapolis, both its history and how contemporary policy actors are negotiating new policy that will shape urban agriculture in the future.

Nick Williams: I am a Ph.D. student in History at the UMN, where I study food, ideas, bodies, and knowledge in modern America. My major interest is in how people have come to understand food through myriad ways of knowing, such as through science, storytelling, or bodily knowledge, and how they have connected personal experience and understanding with larger contexts: historical trauma and healing, governmental policies around diet and nutrition, and so on. Much of my interest in foods come from personal experience in learning to be more critical and intentional with food in my own life and this experience informs the kinds of research I do in seeking to understand how individuals—especially scientific researchers—construct knowledge about something so easy to take for granted in the fabric of daily life. My current research uses eating as a knowledge-making practice to understand the place of human bodies in scientific research around food from the 1870s through WWII, research which laid substantial groundwork for our modern food system.