Emily Contois PhD

Assistant Professor in Media Studies Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Media Studies
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Dr. Emily Contois is a scholar and teacher of media, food, and gender. She's currently writing a book on how the food, advertising, and media industries have constructed masculinities through food in the twenty-first-century United States. She examines case studies that attempted to create male consumers for products socially perceived as feminine, like diet sodas, yogurts, and commercial weight loss programs. 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 is the author of more than twenty-five peer-reviewed articles, chapters, reference entries, and reviews. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Huffington Post, and Salon, among others. She serves on the boards of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and H-Nutrition. She also writes for Nursing Clio, blogs at, and is active on social media at @emilycontois.

Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Brown University
M.L.A., Boston University
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of Oklahoma

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.

Recent publications include:

“Welcome to Flavortown: Guy Fieri’s Populist American Food Culture.” American Studies, The Food Issue 57, no. 3 (2019), 143-160.

“The Spicy Spectacular: Food, Gender, and Celebrity on Hot Ones.” Feminist Media Studies. Commentary and Criticism: Food Media Special Issue. 18, no. 4 (2018), 769-773.

“‘Lose Like a Man:’ Gender and the Constraints of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 17, no. 1 (2017): 33-43.

“Healthy Food Blogs: Creating New Nutrition Knowledge at the Crossroads of Science, Foodie Lifestyle, and Gender Identities.” Yearbook of Women’s History. Special Issue: Gendered Food Practices from Seed to Waste. 36 (2016), 129-145.

“‘He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich:’ Advertising Australia’s National Food in the United States, 1968-1988.” Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. Special issue: Australian Marketing History 8, no. 3 (2016): 343-357.

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