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Kerry Knerr is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary focus is on the relationship between American cultural imperialism and food and drink history. Her current project and master’s report looks at the intersections of American militarism and cultural imperialism through the developments in domestic drinking practices. At the 2014 American Studies Association, she presented her paper, “Institutionalizing the Bon Vivant: Reading Empire through Jerry Thomas’s Cocktails,” which traced the history of mid-nineteenth-century American cocktails through the layers of European colonizations to explore the interplay between global capitalist history and the social experience of taste. Her previous work focused on the popular culture productions of the Texas Rangers and the fictionalization of history, specifically in regards to broader Southern Plains cultural and economic history.
Knerr has also served as the Foodways Texas program coordinator for the organization’s annual symposium, which has focused topics including the markets for food and latinidades in Texas food. She also helped organize the South Central Writing Center Association and the UT American Studies Graduate Student Conference, both in 2015. Before coming to UT, Knerr also worked for the Texas Historical Commission conducting archival research on several of the state's historic sites.