I get the absolute pleasure of making strong connections with professors, exploring fields outside my own, and experiencing opportunities to share my findings with the world and bolstering my resume.
Bloch's research focuses on how Alaska blended into America when it was inducted as a state. Food, in this particular case, Alaskan Red King Crab, can be salient in revealing certain societal trends and changes. He visited both Michigan State University's and the University of Michigan's special collections and coordinated with food historians from the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Specifically, he investigated 1960 recipes and preparations of Red King Crab as research sources, and tracked the crab's role as a catalyst in Americanizing Alaska commercially, culturally, and culinarily.