Dr. Beaudry is a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of archaeology and anthropology, and a MET professor of gastronomy. One of the founders of the MLA in Gastronomy, she has for many years taught the program’s core course, Anthropology of Food, and has remained involved in the program as a teacher and advisor. The program continues to be distinguished by courses that have strong academic content and innovative pedagogy involving digital and experiential learning, as well as international components such as study in Québec.
Professor Beaudry’s food-related research interests involve the archaeology of food and foodways, the material culture of cookery and dining, and “gastronomical archaeology”–an interdisciplinary approach using various lines of archaeological, historical, and pictorial evidence to interpret the experience of past meals and mealtimes. She has a number of publications to her name, is co-editor of Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Antiquaries Journal; Post-Medieval Archaeology; Vestigios: Revista Latinoamericana de Arqueologia Historica; Public Archaeology; and Journal of Contemporary Archaeology.
Professor Beaudry takes over for Dr. Rachel Black, who served as coordinator of the MLA in Gastronomy program from 2010 until this spring, when she accepted a research fellowship at the Collegium de Lyon in France.
Barbara Rotger will continue in her role as administrative coordinator of the gastronomy program.