Kideckel, Michael (Mookie)

Field: United States; Advisor: Jacoby; Year: 2012

Michael S. Kideckel (also published under “Mookie Kideckel”) is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University. His dissertation, Fresh from the Factory: Breakfast Cereal, Natural Food, and the Marketing of Reform, 1890-1920, uses the breakfast cereal industry’s advocacy of “natural food” as a case study to explain the industrial roots of American ideas about nature. This year, he holds a dissertation fellowship from the Doris G. Quinn Foundation.

 

Publications

  • Review of Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness by April Merleaux, Business History Review 90, no. 4 (January 2017): 798-801.
  • Review of John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living by Brian C. Wilson, Business History Review 89, no. 3 (September 2015): 609-612.

 

Michael's CV is available on LinkedIn. His work is mentioned in Stephen Mihm's Bloomberg article, "How Your Breakfast Cereal Became '100% Natural''

Experience

In addition to his dissertation research, Michael has taught in Columbia’s history department and Undergraduate Writing Program. He has also consulted on and helped research and develop content for public history projects, including exhibitions at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, the Museum of Food and Drink, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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