Theresa McCulla is a historian of the 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century United States. Her research explores the histories and material culture of race, ethnicity, and gender, especially in conjunction with food and drink.

McCulla is the curator of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. There, she is building an archive of American beer and brewing history, with a focus on 20th-century stories of homebrewing and craft beer. She travels the country to collect objects and documents and record oral histories with the many talented women and men who make the American brewing industry the most creative in the world.

McCulla earned a PhD in American Studies and an MA in History from Harvard University; a Culinary Arts Diploma from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts; and a BA in Romance Studies from Harvard College. Previously, she worked as an Arcadia Fellow for the Colonial North American Project at Harvard Library; managed the Food Literacy Project for Harvard University Dining Services; cooked in sweet and savory restaurant kitchens in Cambridge, MA, and Washington, DC; and worked as a European media analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. She speaks French, Spanish, and Italian.