Theresa McCulla

Theresa McCulla


Ph.D., American Studies, Harvard University, 2017
M.A., History, Harvard University, 2012
B.A., Romance Studies, Harvard College, 2004

Research Specialties: 

My research explores representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in 19th- and 20th-century consumer culture and material culture, especially in conjunction with food and drink.

My first book, Consumable City: Food and Race in New Orleans (in progress), shows how the pleasurable sensory experiences associated with New Orleans’s culinary world made food a uniquely powerful tool in the exclusion of people of color.

  • Research, collecting, oral history, and writing for the American Brewing History Initiative
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Massey Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University, 2015-16
  • Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians, 2015
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2012


“Fava Beans and Báhn Mì: Ethnic Revival and the New New Orleans Gumbo.” Quaderni Storici 51 no. 1 (April 2016): 71-102. Special issue: Food, Migration, and Mobility in Historical Perspective: Nineteenth to Twenty-First Century.