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.
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.