Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She holds an honorary degree from Transylvania University in Kentucky. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.(continues below).
Her previous faculty positions were at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing.
She is the author of five prize-winning books:
- Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
- Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety
- What to Eat
- Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (with Dr. Malden Nesheim)
- Eat, Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.
She also has written two books about pet food,
Her most recent books were published in 2013: the tenth anniversary edition of Food Politics (with a foreword by Michael Pollan); the paperback edition of Why Calories Count; and Eat, Drink, Vote. Her latest book, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), will be published by Oxford University Press on October 1, 2015.
Among her recent honors are the John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service from Bard College in 2010. In 2011, the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley named her as Public Health Hero. Time Magazine named her Twitter among its top 10 in health and science, as did The Guardian. Michael Pollan ranked her as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama), and Mark Bittman ranked her #1 in his list of foodies to be thankful for. She received the James Beard Leadership Award in 2013, and in 2014 the U.S. Healthful Food Council’s Innovator of the Year Award and the Public Health Association of New York City’s Media Award, among others.
From 2008 to 2013, she wrote a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle food section. She blogs daily (almost) atwww.foodpolitics.com, and twitters @marionnestle.