Marion Nestle

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Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, & Public Health at New York University

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 earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from University of California, Berkeley.   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 The 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 Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (revised edition 2010), What to Eat (2006), Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine (2008), and the just released Feed Your Pet Right (with Malden Nesheim).  Her current project is a book about calories for University of California Press, also with Dr. Nesheim.  She writes the Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily (almost) at www.foodpolitics.com and for TheAtlantic.com/Life, and twitters @marionnestle. The University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley just named her the 2011 Public Health Hero, and Time Magazine included her Twitter among its top 140, and among its top 10 most influential in health and science.