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Gabriella Petrick, PhD

Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Gabrielle Petrick

Gabriella M. Petrick, Ph.D. received her degree from the University of Delaware as a Hagley Fellow and is currently an Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and History in the Department of Nutrition, and Food Studies at George Mason University. Her interdisciplinary research on food combines the fields of the history of technology, sensory history, environmental history and the history of science. Additionally Dr. Petrick's training at the Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University and at several wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties has shaped her theoretical approach to taste. Her forthcoming book with Johns Hopkins University Press, tentatively entitled Industrializing Taste: Food Processing and the Transformation of the American Diet, 1900-1965, analyzes how new food processing techniques transformed the foods available to American consumers as well as how housewives incorporated these new industrial foods into their family's diet over the course of the last century. She is also working on a second book project, Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter: Taste in History, for the sensory history series at the University of Illinois Press that looks at the importance of taste historically. She has won many awards for her scholarship including the Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Society for the History of Technology, the W. Gabriel Carras Award for Junior Scholars from the Steinhardt School, New York University, and a National Science Foundation Grant. She has published in the Journal of America History, Agricultural History, History and Technology, among other journals and edited volumes. 


  • Ph.D., History, University of Delaware, 2007
  • M.A., History, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
  • M.M.H., Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, 1997
  • A.D., Occupational Studies, Culinary Institute of America, 1991
  • B.A., Economics and History, College of the Holy Cross, 1989
  • Successful Completion of the General Course in Economics and Economic History, London School of Economics, September 1987 through June 1988.