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  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2015
  • M.A., California State University of Fullerton, 2009
  • B.A., University of Hawaii, 2007


Bryan Moe, assistant professor of communication studies, grew up in Southern California but spent seven of the last 10 years living and traveling in the American South and Pacific Islands. These journeys inform his academic interest in the communication practices of diverse cultures and in particular the rhetorical qualities of their food and foodways. Currently he is finishing his dissertation that looks at the culinary rise of new gourmet food trucks and the social movements that helped bring it to the public’s consciousness. He feels incredibly joyful and lucky to be back home and to be joining the Biola community.


  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)
  • American Studies Association (ASA)
  • Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)
  • Southern Anthropology Society (SAS)
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI)


  • Moe, B.W. (2014). Book Review: Frye and Bruner, M.S., eds., The Rhetoric of Food: Discourse, Materiality, and Power (New York: Routledge, 2012). Food, Culture, & Society, 17(2), 343-345.
  • Moe, B.W. & Crick, N. (2012). Book Review: Swartz, O., ed., Communication and Creative Democracy: Interdisplinary Perspectives. (Suffolk, UK: Abramis Academic). Rhetoric Review, 31(2), 192-195.
  • Moe, B.W. & Tarvin, D. (2011). Book Review: M. Hugeln & B.B. Clark, Poetic Healing: A Vietnam Veteran’s Journey from a Communication Perspective. (West Lafayette, IN.: Parlor Press). KB Journal, 7(2).
  • Moe, B.W. (2009). Book Review: Pollan, M., In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto (New York: Penguin Group).


  • “Mediating Food and Public Space: Five-year perspective of the Food Truck Movement” Session Title: Roundtable with Zachary Hawk, Jon Clemens, and Nicole Costantini ASFS, University of Vermont June 2014
  • “Consuming Identity: Food, Class, and Identity in the United States” Session Title: Roundtable with Suzanne Cope, Megan Elias, and Piper Dumont ASFS, University of Vermont June 2014
  • “Space Games: A History of Video Arcades, 1971-1985” Session Title: Deadly Addictions: American Industry & Leisure in the Twentieth Century.
  • Co-Author: Jonathan Clemens, University of Minnesota LSU Graduate History Conference, March 2014
  • “Grimod to Bourdain: Alternative Culinary Rhetoric and Discourse” Session Title: Poster ASFA, Michigan State University, June 2013
  • “Food literacy, diversity, and democratization: The rise of the culinary digital landscape” Session Title: Poster
  • Co-Author: Jonathan Clemens, University of Minnesota ASFA, Michigan State University, June 2013
  • “Global Culinary Pillaging: Anthony Bourdain, the Not So Confidential Kitchen Pirate Anymore”
  • Session Title: Travel, Food, and Authorial Pillaging
  • EGSA Mardi Gras Conference, February 2013
  • “Food Literacy, Diversity, and Democratization: Tracing the Rise of Shared Culinary Experience”
  • Session Title: Food for Thought: How Cuisine Transcends National Boundaries
  • Co-Author: Jonathan Clemens, University of Minnesota
  • LSU Graduate History Conference, March 2013
  • “Food Ethics within Public Service: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Practices." Session Title: Food Ethics within Public Service: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Practices ASFA, New York, June 2012
  • “Tracing Loneliness: The Street of David L. Cohn and Dr. Miles Richardson.” Session Title: Poetics of Place Session in Honor of Miles. Southern Anthropology Society, Birmingham, March 2012
  • “The Communicative Power of Food in Culture and Religion: Voodoo and Southern Cuisine.” Session Title: The Pervasive Nature of Voodoo in Art and Culture SSCA, San Antonio, March 2012
  • “In Gehrig We Trust: Healing the Wounds of Major League Baseball Through Tragic and Comedic Narratives.” Session Title: Out of the Amphitheater Into the Global Sphere: Sport’s Tragic and Comedic Narratives SSCA, San Antonio, March 2012
  • “Come Clean Slow Food, Epicurus is Your Intellectual Heritage: Tracing Epicurus and Epicureanism into the Contemporary Food Environment.” Food Studies Conference, Las Vegas, December 2011
  • “The poetics of Epicurus’ garden: Creating safety, freedom, and self-sufficiency.” Session Title: Poetics for the Polis. NCA, New Orleans, November 2011
  • “What is the Place of Food Studies in American Studies?: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion”Session Title: Roundtable with Warren Belasco, Megan J. Ellis, Kyla Wazana, S. Margot Finn, and Sarah Wurgler. American Studies Conference (ASA), Baltimore, October 2011
  • “Rhetorical Ideals in the Health and Sustainable Food Movement.” Session Title: Food Traditions Revamped and Renovated: Finding Contemporary Aesthetic Representations of Food Traditions in Technology, Ritual, and Rhetorical Discourse. SSCA, Little Rock, April 2011
  • Critical Ethnography of a Southern Iconic Diner: The W A F F L E H O U S E. Session Title: Ethnographic exploration into foodways across borders. NCA Convention, San Francisco, November 2010
  • “Jamie Oliver is here to save us: A critique of Oliver’s keynote speech at the 2010 T.E.D.” convention. Accepted paper for the Food as Cultural Pre-conference. NCA Convention, San Francisco, November 2010
  • “A culture in crisis: A critical ethnography of the southern iconic diner Waffle House.” Session Title: Food, Taste, and Identity. American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 2010
  • “Warning the American public of terrorist attacks: A changing framework of colors. Session Title: Scholar to scholar. NCA Convention, Chicago, November 2009
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