Mookie Kideckel

Michael (Mookie) Kideckel

Field: Environmental
Advisor: Karl Jacoby
Year: 2012

Michael Kideckel is a doctoral candidate in environmental history. He studies the relationship between conceptions of nature, capitalism, and science in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His dissertation, Fresh from the Factory: Breakfast Cereal, Natural Food, and the Business of Reform, 1890-1920, uses the breakfast cereal industry’s marketing of “natural food” as a case study for explaining the industrial roots of American ideas about nature.

Michael has also been involved in the research and development of historical projects around Columbia and New York City, including exhibitions at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Museum of Food and Drink, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.