Caroline B. Barta is a PhD student in English Literature at the University of Texas, Austin.

What’s my project? My dissertation project, kitchen literacies, examines the surge of cookbooks and household guides in England from 1650 to 1725 alongside contemporary parallels to uncover connections between economic aspiration, social change, and self-improvement.

Why does it matter? I want to empower my students and fellow community members to be lifelong learners, confident employees, and engaged global citizens. I flourish in collaborative environments, whether to advance research, to refine my skills as a teacher, or to work on a community project.

For more from me, check out my Twitter:  @CarolineBarta or LinkedIn.