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Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Professor and Professor Emerita, NFS

Nutrition and Food Studies


Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, in the department she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she retired in September 2017. She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She holds honorary degrees from Transylvania University in Kentucky and the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York.

She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. Previous faculty positions were at Brandeis University (1968-1976) and the UCSF School of Medicine (1976-1986). From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Her research and writing examine scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice and its consequences, emphasizing the role of food industry marketing.

She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fifteen books, several of them prize-winning, most notably Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002); Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003); What to Eat (2006); Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, with Dr. Malden Nesheim (2012); Eat, Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics (2013)and Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) in 2015She also has written two books about pet food, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine (2008) and Feed Your Pet Right in 2010 (also with Dr. Nesheim). She published Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, in 2018 and a book of short essays with Kerry Trueman, Let's Ask Marion: What You Need to Know about the Politics of Food, Nutrition, and Health in 2020.  Her most recent book is a memoir, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics (2022).  She is working on an updated and thoroughly revised edition of What to Eat, to be retitled What to Eat Now and published by Picador Press, most likely in September 2025.

From 2008 to 2013, she wrote a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle food section. She blogs daily (almost) at Her X (Twitter) account, @marionnestle, has been named among the top 10 in health and science by Time Magazine, Science Magazine, and The Guardian, and  still has about 140,000 followers.

She has received many awards and honors: the John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service from Bard College in 2010. In 2011, the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley named her as Public Health Hero. Also in 2011, 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 received the James Beard Leadership Award in 2013, and in 2014 the U.S. Healthful Food Council's Innovator of the Year Award and the Public Health Association of New York City's Media Award, among others. In 2016, Soda Politics won literary awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. In 2018, she was named one of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health's 75 most distinguished graduates in 75 years, won a Trailblazer Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and was selected Grande Dame of the year by Les Dames d'Escoffier International. In 2019, the Hunter College Food Policy Center gave her its first Changemaker Award and Heritage Radio named her to its Tenth Anniversary Hall of Fame.  She is the recipient of the 2023 Edinburgh Medal for Science and Humanities.

Selected Publications

For BOOKS, see c.v. above


  • Bentley A, Berg J, Dimitri C, Nestle M, Parasecoli F, Ray K.  Chapter 13. Action Research and Social Engagement: Food Studies in Practice,  In: Bentley A, Parasecoli F, Ray K, eds.  Practicing Food Studies.  NYU Press, 2024:182-201.
  • Nestle M.  Foreword: Interdisciplinarity and the Making of a Public Intellectual.  In: Bentley A, Parasecoli F, Ray K, eds.  Practicing Food Studies.  NYU Press, 2024:vii-xix. 
  • Nestle M. Equitable access to the USDA’s food assistance programs: policies needed to reduce barriers and increase accessibility. American Journal of Public Health. 2023;113(53 Suppl 3):S167–S170.  doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307480.
  • Eric Crosbie, Laura Schmidt, Jim Krieger, Marion Nestle.  Chapter 14: Sugar Sweetened Beverages.  In Maani N, Petticrew M, Galea S, eds.  The Commercial Determinants of Health.  Oxford University Press, 2022:131-140.
  • Nestle M.  Regulating the Food Industry: An Aspirational Agenda.  American Journal of Public Health.  2022;112(6):853–858.
  • Nestle M.  Preventing Obesity: It Is Time for Multiple Policy Strategies.  JAMA Internal Med.icine. 2022;182(9):973-974.  doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.3039.
  • Carlos Augusto Monteiro,Mark Lawrence, Christopher Millett, Marion Nestle, Barry M Popkin, Gyorgy Scrinis, Boyd Swinburn.  The need to reshape global food processing: a call to the United Nations Food Systems Summit.  BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e006885. 
  • Nestle M.  Public health nutrition deserves more attention.  Review of Jones-Smith J, ed. Public Health Nutrition: Essentials for Practitioners (Johns Hopkins Press, 2020).  American Journal of Public Heath. 2021;111(4):533-535.
  • Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Ahmed S, Bailey Z, Bassett MT, Bird M, Bor J, Bor D, Carrasquillo O, Chowkwanyun M, Dickman SL, Fisher S, Gaffney A, Galea S, Gottfried RN, Grumbach K, Guyatt G, Hansen H, Landrigan PH, Lighty M, McKee M, McCormick D, McGretor A, Mirza R, Morris JE, Mukherjee JS, Nestle M, Prine L, Saadi A, Schiff D, Shapiro M, Tesema L, Venkataramani A.  Public policy and health in the Trump era: A Lancet Commission Report.  The Lancet, February 10, 2021.
  • Nestle M.  Conflicts of Interest in Food and Nutrition Research.  In: Goldberg AM, ed.  Feeding the World Well: A Framework for Ethical Food Systems.  Johns Hopkins Press, 2020:89-97.
  • Freudenberg N, Nestle M. A Call for a National Agenda for a Healthy, Equitable, and Sustainable Food System.  American Journal of Public Health. 2020;110(11):1671-1673.
  • Nestle M.  Forward to McMaster and Jayaraman.  Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning.  University of California Press, 2020:ix-x.
  • Bragg MA, Elbel B, Nestle M. Food Industry Donations to Academic Programs: : A Cross-Sectional Examination of the Extent of Publicly Available Data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17:1624-1639.