Associate Professor of Food Studies; Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Krishnendu Ray received his Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton in 2001. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Delhi University, India. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Krishnendu was a faculty member and an Associate Dean for Curriculum Development at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
A food studies scholar, he is the author of The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households (Temple University, 2004). He has written several book chapters such as "Exotic Restaurants and Expatriate Home Cooking" in David Inglis and Debra Gimlin, eds., The Globalization of Food (Oxford: Berg, 2009), and articles such as “Nation and Cuisine: The Evidence from American Newspapers ca. 1830-2003,” Food & Foodways, 16, 4 (August 2008): 259-297, “Domesticating Cuisine: Food and Aesthetics on American Television,” Gastronomica 7, 1 (Winter 2007): 50-63, “Ethnic Succession and the New American Restaurant Cuisine,” in David Beriss and David Sutton, eds., The Restaurants Book: Ethnographies of Where we Eat (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2007), and “Why do Ethnic Restaurants Have Terrible Service?” Gastronomica 3, 3 (Summer 2003): 1-7.
A few recent articles are: “Fed by the Other. City Food and Somatic Difference,” Groniek. Eetcultuure (2015) No. 202, pp. 67-84; “The Immigrant Restaurateur and the American City,” Social Research 81, 2 (Summer 2014), pp. 373-396; and “Disreputable Cuisine and Circuits of Masculinity,” Himal South Asia (April 2013) 26, 2, pp. 26-42.
His co-edited book is Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (University of California Press, 2012).
His most recent monograph is The Ethnic Restaurateur (Bloomsbury 2016) = http://www.amazon.com/The-Ethnic-Restaurateur-Krishnendu-Ray/dp/085785836X
He serves on the editorial boards of the journals: Food, Culture & Society; Gastronomica; Contemporary Sociology; and Loukik.
Here are a couple of links to his current work as reported in the media:
On "ethnic" food: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/why-everyone-should-stop-calling-immigrant-food-ethnic/2015/07/20/07927100-266f-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html
On Breakfast for Kids: Rise & Shine (in NYT) http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/08/magazine/eaters-all-over.html
Meatpaper (in Washington Post)
Christian Science Monitor
Times of India
- B.A. Delhi University, Political Science
- M.A. Sociology
- Ph.D. Sociology
Grants and Awards
- NYU Provost's Office + University of Toronto at Scarborough = CityFood: Lessons from People of the Move 2014-2015
- Institute for Public Knowledge - Food & the City - 2014-2015
- SSRC - Inter-Asia: Rescuing taste from the Nation - 2013
- Excellence in Teaching, NYU 2008-2009
- NYU Humanities Institute Grant -- Food for Thought 2008
- NYU Institute for Public Knowledge Grant -- Menus in the Media 2010
- NYU Curriculum Development Challenge Grant -- Food Systems Curriculum 2007
- Distinguished Dissertation Award 2001
- Excellence in Teaching, CIA 2000
- Co-Winner of the American Sociological Association's PEWS Book Award
- Excellence in Teaching, SUNY Binghamton 1994
- University Grant's Commission, India, National Research Fellow
- Gold Medal/Valedictorian Master of Arts, Delhi University, India
- He is currently working on his next book-length project tentatively titled "Taste, Toil and Ethnicity."
- The Ethnic Restaurateur (Bloomsbury, 2016) http://www.amazon.com/The-Ethnic-Restaurateur-Krishnendu-Ray/dp/085785836X
- “Fed by the Other. City Food and Somatic Difference,” Groniek. Eetcultuure (2015) No. 202, pp. 67-84.
- “The Immigrant Restaurateur and the American City,” Social Research 81, (Summer 2014), pp. 373-396.
- “Taste, Toil and Ethnicity: Immigrant Restaurateur and the American City,” Ethnologie francaise, (2014) XLIV, p. 105-114.
- “Disreputable Cuisine and Circuits of Masculinity,” Himal SouthAsian (April 2013) 26, 2, pp. 26-42.
- Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (University of California Press, 2012). (link)
- "Dreams of Pakistani Grill and Vada Pao in Manhattan: Reinscribing the Immigrant Body in Metropolitan Discussions of Taste." Food, Culture & Society vol. 13. no. 4 (December 2010). (link)
- "A Taste for Ethnic Difference: American Gustatory Imagination in a Globalizing World." In Globalization, Food and Social Identities in the Asia Pacific Region, ed., James Farrar (Tokyo: Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture, 2010). (link)
- "Nation and Cuisine: The Evidence from American Newspapers ca. 1830-2003," Food & Foodways, 16, 4 (August 2008): 259-297. (link)
- "Domesticating Cuisine: Food and Aesthetics on American Television," Gastronomica, 7, 1 (Winter 2007): pp. 50-64. (link)
- "Ethnic Succession and the New American Restaurant Cuisine," in David Beriss and David Sutton, eds., The Restaurants Book: Ethnographies of Where we Eat (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2007). (link)
- "Making the Edible Legible. The Invention of French Cuisine." A Review of Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson's "Accounting for Taste" in "Social Forces" 84, 1, pp. 616-18.
- "Ethnic Succession: A Review Essay." In "Food, Culture and Society" 8,1, (Spring), pp. 124-131.
- The Migrant's Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households (link)
- "Political Economy of Food." Contribution to Scribner's Encyclopedia of Food.
- "Indian-American Food," in Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food
- "Why Do Ethnic Eateries Have Terrible Service?" Gastronomica (Summer 2003), pp. 3-5.
- "Smellscapes of our Pasts. A review essay." Newsletter of ASFS
- "What I learned from MFK Fisher about living after 9/11." Gastronomica, (August )
- "Why isn't Irish food hip? A review essay." Newsletter of ASFS
- A Review of Alan Richman's "Fork it Over", Gastronomica
- Contemporary Issues in Food Studies
- Theoretical Perspectives in Food Studies
- Food & Nutrition in a Global Society
- Food, Culture and Globalization: New York and Sydney
- City Food and Sustainability: India
- Since 2004: Food, Culture and Society
- Since 2013: Gastronomica
- Since 2013: Loukik
- President Association for the Study of Food & Society (since Jan 2015)