Theresa McCulla is the historian of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She 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.