Publications and Media


“Consumable City: Food and Race in New Orleans” (In progress)


“Fava Beans and Báhn Mì: Ethnic Revival and the New New Orleans Gumbo,” Quaderni Storici 51 no. 1 (April 2016): 71-102. Special issue: Food, Migration, and Mobility in Historical Perspective: Nineteenth to Twenty-First Century.


Review of Feeding Gotham by Gergely Baics. Journal of Social History (Forthcoming).

Review of Kosher USA by Roger Horowitz. Journal of American History 104, no. 1 (June 2017): 215-216.

Review of Urban Appetites by Cindy R. Lobel. Buildings & Landscapes: The Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 22, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 116-118.

Additional Publications

Essays on digitized archival collections related to food; material culture; slavery; medicine; legal records; and international encounters in colonial North America. Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project (Forthcoming).

Five Myths About Beer.” Washington Post (May 26, 2017).

“Mastering the Art of Szechuan Cooking.” American Food Roots (July 2015).

“Listening, Tasting, Reading, Touching: Interdisciplinary Histories of American Food.” The Recipes Project (February 2015).

“Meat lab on Wisconsin campus offers real hands-on learning.” Huffington Post (September 2014), American Food Roots (July 2014).

“Wrecking ball can’t topple memories of the old Italian neighborhood.” American Food Roots (September 2014).

Media and Interviews

Red, White, and Brew,” Sidedoor, Season 2, episode 2, July 2017

How the Story of Beer is the Story of America,” All Things Considered, NPR, July 3, 2017

The Smithsonian’s New Beer Historian Might Have the Coolest Job in D.C.,” The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5, June 7, 2017

Courtney Cox, “Historian Theresa McCulla Embarks on the Smithsonian’s American Brewing History Initiative,” Beer Advocate, April 2017

Olivia Waxman, “8 Questions for the Smithsonian’s New Beer Historian,” Time, April 10, 2017

For the Smithsonian’s New Beer Historian, It’s All About Passion for the Brew,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, February 4, 2017

Jim Vorel, “Meet the Smithsonian’s New ‘Beer Historian,’ Theresa McCulla,” Paste, February 1, 2017

Natasha Geiling, “Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian’s First Beer Scholar,” Smithsonian Magazine, January 30, 2017

Greta Weber, “Best Job Ever: The Smithsonian Just Hired a Craft Beer Historian,” Washingtonian, January 30, 2017

Hanna Raskin, “Visiting historians take up issues of women and food,” The Post and Courier, June 9, 2015

Harvard Portrait: Theresa McCulla,” Harvard Magazine, January-February 2010


image: unloading bananas from steamer, new orleans, ca. 1900-1910, library of congress