Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health


Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

Marion Nestle

Phone: 212 998 5595

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003.  She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from University of California, Berkeley.   Previous faculty positions were at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine.  From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of The Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health.  Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing. 

She is the author of four prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; What to Eat; and Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (with Dr. Malden Nesheim).  She also has written two books about pet food, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine and Feed Your Pet Right (also with Dr. Nesheim).  Her most recent books in 2013 are the tenth anniversary edition of Food Politics (with a foreword by Michael Pollan); the paperback edition of Why Calories Count; and a new book, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.

From 2008 to 2013, she wrote a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle food section.  She blogs daily (almost) at, and twitters @marionnestle. In 2011, the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley named her as Public Health Hero, Time Magazine included her Twitter among its top 10 in health and science.  Writing for Forbes, Michael Pollan ranked her as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama), and Mark Bittman ranked her #1 in his list of foodies to be thankful for.  She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Transylvania University in 2012, and a James Beard Leadership Award in 2013.

Degrees Held

  • M.P.H. University of California Berkeley 1986
  • Ph.D. University of California Berkeley 1968


  • 2003 : Food Politics won awards from the Association for American Publishers (outstanding professional and scholarly title in nursing and allied health), James Beard Foundation (literary), and World Hunger Year (Harry Chapin media).
  • 2003 : James Beard Foundation Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America (Lifetime Achievement)
  • 2003 : San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2003, Safe Food
  • 2004 : Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award, NYU Steinhardt School, Safe Food
  • 2004 : Alumna of the Year, University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health
  • 2004 : American Public Health Association, David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health
  • 2005 : American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • 2005 : National Committee for Quality Assurance 2005 Health Quality Award
  • 2005 : American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Fellow
  • 2006 : California Public Health Association--North, Bridging the Gap Award for Excellence in Science and Public Policy Writing
  • 2006 : editors' Top Ten Books of 2006, Health, Mind, and Body, What to Eat
  • 2007 : National Multiple Sclerosis Society Books for a Better Life Award (Wellness),What to Eat
  • 2007 : James Beard Award (Reference), What to Eat
  • 2007 : Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Food Education
  • 2008 : Public Health Solutions Public Health Advocacy Award
  • 2010 : Robert Putnam Social Capital Award, Living Liberally
  • 2010 : The John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service, Bard College
  • 2010 : The Health Hawk’s Top Ten Most Influential Public Health Professors
  • 2011 : National Public Health Hero, University of California School of Public Health
  • 2011 : Time Magazine's Top 140 Most Influential Twitter Feeds; Top 10 Twitter Feeds in Health and Sciences
  • 2011 : Master's top 50 food safety blogs,
  • 2011 : Michael Pollan's #2 most important foodie (after Michelle Obama)
  • 2011 : New York Times: Mark Bittman's #1 foodie to be thankful for
  • 2012 : Greenscape’ Golden Artichoke Award (tied for #1),
  • 2012 : Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, College of Letters & Sciences
  • 2012 : Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Transylvania University
  • 2013 : James Beard Leadership Award

Selected Publications

  • For list of recent publications, see c.v. Copies of recent publications are posted at

Editorial Boards

For current list, see c.v.

Research Interests

  • Nutrition and food policy and politics


  • Spring 2009 - Nutrition in Food Studies
  • Fall 2009 - Food Sociology: Social Movements
  • Spring 2010 - Ethical Controversies in Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
  • Fall 2010 - Food Policy
  • Spring 2011 - On Sabbatical
  • Fall 2011 - Food Sociology: The Farm Bill
  • Spring 2011 - Professional Food Writing
  • Fall 2012 - Food Policy
  • Spring 2013 - Food Advocacy
  • Fall 2013 - Food Policy
  • Spring 2014 - Food Advocacy

Selected Presentations

  • See c.v. for presentations

Food Politics - Blog Posts