Publications and Media


“Consumable City: Food and Race in New Orleans” (under contract with the University of Chicago Press)


“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.


Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790–1860, by Gergely Baics, Journal of Social History (published online August 2017; print forthcoming).

Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, by Roger Horowitz. Journal of American History 104, no. 1 (June 2017): 215-216.

Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, by Cindy R. Lobel. Buildings & Landscapes: The Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 22, no. 2 (Fall 2015).

Additional Publications

Research essays: “Food in Colonial North America”; “International Encounters in Colonial North America”; “Material Culture in Colonial North America”; “Medicine in Colonial North America”; and “Slavery in Colonial North America.” Website of Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project.

Beyond the Girl in the Moon: Brewing History at the Smithsonian,” Hop Culture, July 26, 2018.

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

Bill Chappell, “Guinness Opens Its First U.S. Brewery In 64 Years,” All Things Considered, NPR, August 4, 2018

Sarah Jane Curran, “American Beer History with Theresa McCulla,” Beer Me! podcast, episode 26, July 24, 2018

Tina Caputo, “Theresa McCulla: The Smithsonian’s Indiana Jones of Beer History,” October, June 19, 2018

Greg Kitsock, “Out of the Past, A Record for the Future,” The New Brewer, March/April 2018

Bailey Trela, “Brew’s Clues: A Historian Investigates America’s Beer Boom,” Harvard Magazine, March/April 2018

 Marty Jones, “A ‘Stirring’ Tale Behind the Father of Homebrewing’s Famous Spoon,”, January 24, 2018

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

Ari Shapiro, “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