Faculty

Amy Bentley

Professor of Food Studies

Amy Bentley

Phone: 212-998-5580
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Amy Bentley is Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. A historian with interests in the social, historical, and cultural contexts of food, she is the author of Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet (University of California Press, 2014) (inventingbabyfood.com), which was a finalist for a James Beard Award, and also winner of the ASFS Best Book Award. Other publications include Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity (University of Illinois, 1998), A Cultural History of Food in the Modern Era (editor) (Berg, 2011), as well as articles on such diverse topics as ketchup in Reagan's America, the politics of southwestern cuisine, and a historiography of food riots. Her current research projects include a history of food in US hospitals, and the meanings and uses of food production in religious communities.

Since 2013 Bentley has served as Editor-in-Chief of Food, Culture, and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research. She is also a board member for the journals Food and Foodways and the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. A co-founder of the NYU Urban Farm Lab and the Experimental Cuisine Collective (2007-2016), she is a Faculty Fellow in Residence at Brittany Hall at NYU.