What will I learn?

The doctoral degree in food studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of food in its historical and cultural dimensions. Employing methods from the humanities and social sciences, this PhD prepares you to teach and conduct research at the university level as well as at institutions outside academia.

In consultation with an adviser and a doctoral committee, you will tailor your studies and dissertation to a particular research interest.

Current program research focuses on themes such as:

  • The evolving relationship between food and ideas about health in a hospital setting
  • The intersection of food, culture, and identity
  • Immigrant foodways, ethnic restaurants, street vending, and questions of power and cultural difference
  • The economics of policies and private sector efforts designed to address social and environmental costs of the food system
  • Cultural politics, in particular local and traditional foods in the global market
  • Immigration history, social movements, racial formations, agricultural labor, and questions about workers and American food systems
  • The relationship between public policies and health, including programs aimed at improving food and exercise environments

Careers and Outcomes

Our PhD in Food Studies prepares you to thrive in positions as researchers and educators at the university level, or within institutions outside academia.

Which department am I in?

Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (54 credits)

Tuition fees
US$47,428.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 September 2022


Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

383 Lafayette Street,

New York,

10003, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Evidence that the applicant meets these criteria includes but is not limited to: Completion of undergraduate and master's degrees One prior degree in nutrition and dietetics Overall GPA > 3.5 in at least one prior academic degree program

For international students

You must have the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL): Scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 100 on the Internet based exam or 600 on the paper based exam.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates achieve a band score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 68 to 70.

Application Deadline: Fall - January 6

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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