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Emily Contois, PhD

Emily Contois, PhD
Assistant Professor in Media Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Media Studies


Dr. Contois completed her PhD in American Studies at Brown University and holds three master's degrees: an MA in American Studies from Brown, an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University and an MPH focused in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley. She's currently writing a book on how media representations of food, cooking, and dieting construct and negotiate masculinities in the 21st Century. She serves on the boards of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, the Graduate Association for Food Studies, and H-Nutrition. She also writes for Nursing Clio, blogs at, and is active on social media at @emilycontois.

Research Interests

Dr. Contois’ research examines the connections between food, the body, health, and identities in the everyday American experience and popular culture.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research fields include: media studies, popular culture, food studies, gender studies, critical nutrition studies, fat studies, American studies, history of medicine, and twentieth-century U.S. history.

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include: media studies, popular culture, food studies, food media, food writing, advertising, gender studies, nutrition and health

Courses Taught

  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Persuasive Influences in America