Deanna Danforth

Academic Title

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, FYW Honors Program


  • Ph.D., English, Boston College
  • MA, English, San Francisco State University
  • BA, English, University of Calfornia, Berkeley


Deanna Danforth’s current teaching and research interests focus on food. In her first-year writing course entitled “Doing Food Justice,” she invites students to explore how food can inform our understandings of race, class, gender, morality, politics, and a variety of cultures. Through service and experiential learning projects and in writing assignments, she asks students to engage with pressing concerns in creative, meaningful, and effective ways. Danforth is not only interested in food in a contemporary context. Using her training as an early modernist, she is presently completing a digital, annotated edition of a seventeenth-century satirical cookbook about Oliver Cromwell’s wife.