by Marion Nestle

About Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she officially retired in September 2017.  She is also Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been awarded honorary degrees from Transylvania University in Kentucky (2012) and from the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College (2016).

For her c.v. (July 2018) click here.  For photos, see below and click here.  For her NYU faculty page with brief biography and course syllabi click here.

For materials related to Unsavory Truth: How the Food Industry Skews the Science of What We Eat, contact Kelsey Odorczyk at Basic Books:

Photo by Bill Hayes

Photo by Bill Hayes

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, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing.

She is the author of six prize-winning books:

She also has written two books about pet food:

Her forthcoming book is Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat (Basic Books, October 2018)

Among her recent honors are the John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service from Bard College in 2010, the Public Health Hero award from the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley in 2011, the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2013, and the Innovator of the Year Award from the U.S. Healthful Food Council and the Public Health Association of New York City’s Media Award in 2014.  In 2016, her book, Soda Politics, won literary awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and she was elected to membership in the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society.  She was honored with a Trailblazer Award from the IACP in 2018.

From 2008 to 2013, she wrote a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle food section. She blogs daily (almost) at, and tweets @marionnestle (named by Time Magazine, Science Magazine, and The Guardian as among the top ten in health and science).  She currently has more than 145,000 Twitter followers.


Photo by Lou Manna

Photo by Lou Manna



With Andrew Weil, October 8, 2012

Photo: Arthur Perley, May 23, 2010

New York Academy of Sciences, 2-16-10 (Ash Shairzay)

New Scientist profile, Feb 2018  Photo by Martin Adolfsson