Profile profile for McCullaT
Ph.D., American Studies, Harvard University, 2017
M.A., History, Harvard University, 2012
Culinary Arts Diploma, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, 2010
B.A., Romance Studies, Harvard College, 2004
I am a historian of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. My scholarship investigates how Americans have used material and visual culture to define race, ethnicity, and gender, especially in the realm of food and drink.
My first book, "Consumable City: Food and Race in New Orleans" (under contract with the University of Chicago Press), explores the cultural power of food production and consumption and their associated material culture in an iconic tourist destination. The book shows how the pleasurable sensory experiences generated by the New Orleans's food industry functioned as uniquely powerful tools in presenting food and people as commodities.
My additional scholarship elaborates on the connections among identity, consumption, and material culture in realms of food and drink. An article published in Gastronomica (Winter 2019) used artifacts and oral histories collected for the Smithsonian to argue for an unexpected link between the strategies and culture of mass manufacturing and the birth of microbrewing at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company in the 1960s. An article published in Quaderni Storici (April 2016) investigated the spatial effects of the white ethnic revival on African Americans, Italian Americans, and Vietnamese refugees in New Orleans. I am developing another article exploring the male-gendered worlds of homebrewing and computing in the 1970s in the context of larger sociocultural movements, like do-it-yourself culture.
Find my CV here.
As the curator of the American Brewing History Initiative, I collect objects, documents, and oral histories from the talented women and men who make the American brewing industry the most creative in the world.
The Initiative is the first national-scale, scholarly effort to collect the histories of homebrewing and craft beer in the 20th- and 21st-century United States.
Third Place, Best Historical Writing, “Craft Beer’s Unlikely Alchemist,” Awards in Beer Journalism, North American Guild of Beer Writers, 2020
Semifinalist, Kroos Prize, best dissertation in business history, Business History Conference, 2017
Honorable Mention, Katz Award, best dissertation in urban history, Urban History Association, 2016
Finalist, Ralph H. Gabriel Prize, best dissertation in American Studies, American Studies Association, 2016