Theresa McCulla is the historian of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She is building an archive of American beer and brewing history, emphasizing stories of homebrewing and craft beer. McCulla is a cultural and social historian of the 19th- and 20th-century United States. Her work explores representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in consumer culture and material culture, especially in conjunction with food and drink.

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.