My research examines class, culture, and consumption in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. I have written on public dining and am working on a project on children's experiences as both cooks and consumers.
I would be happy to work with students interested in history who wish to study post-Civil War American history, especially the Gilded Age and Progressive Era or who share my interest in social class, shopping and advertising, food, gay and lesbian studies, or popular and mass culture.
Turning the Tables: The American Middle Class and the Decline of the Aristocratic Restaurant, 1880-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
The Nation before Taste: The Challenges of American Culinary History. The Public Historian 34, no. 2 (Spring 2012), 53-78.
Dining in High Chairs: Children and the American Restaurant Industry, 1900-1950. Food & History 7, no. 3 (2009): 69-94.
The Tipping Point. Tufts Magazine 39, no. 3 (Summer 2012), 28-31.
“I Want to Eat in English”: The Middle Class, Restaurant Culture and the Language of Menus, 1880-1930. Midwestern Folklore 29, no. 2 (Summer 2003), 28-39.
BOOK REVIEWS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Book Review: The Early American Table by Trudy Eden. Journal of World History 21:4 (December 2010): 751-754.
Book Review: Putting Meat on the American Table by Roger Horowitz. Southern Quarterly 44:2 (Winter 2007): 155-157.
Encyclopedia Entry: Muslim Women, Gender, and Food Culture: North America. In The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, edited by Suad Joseph and Afsaneh Najmabadi (Leiden: Brill, 2006), 24-27.
Exhibit: The Wilson Era. Palmetto Bluff History Center, Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, 2005.