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 both food and people as commodities.
Additional scholarship that has been published in academic and popular venues such as Quaderni Storici, Gastronomica, Smithsonian magazine, and The Washington Post, explores the connections among identity, consumption, and material culture in settings such as the 1970s white ethnic revival in New Orleans; microbrewing history in northern California; and early homebrewing clubs of the 1970s and 1980s.
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.
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