Clare Gordon Bettencourt is a PhD candidate at UC Irvine studying America’s food identity standards, and a pedagogical fellow at UCI’s Division of Teaching Excellence.

She is trained in American history and world history.

Clare grew up in San José, California. She has served in AmeriCorps teaching garden-based education to 3rd grades, worked numerous positions with Whole Foods Market (including sample specialist) and has conducted freelance food history research for Bon Appétit magazine.