American Studies Professor and Chair Lauren Rabinovitz guest edits issue of "American Studies Journal"

The Food Issue
Friday, February 1, 2019

Lauren Rabinovitzjournal coverThe Chair of the Department of American Studies, Professor Lauren Rabinovitz, guest edited the new issue of the American Studies Journal titled The Food Issue.

The volume (Volume 57, number 3, published January 16, 2019), with an introduction by Professor Rabinovitz, contains a heterogeneous mix of articles approaching food in American culture. Topics include the roles of food in immigration history and in histories of the counter-culture of the 1960s, representations of food in art and literature, food and popular culture, and views on contemporary political concerns regarding slaughterhouses as factory food businesses and the sociological post-incarceration employment in food businesses. For access to PDFs of the table of contents and the articles (requires subscription), visit

Lauren Rabinovitz joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1986. She is the author of six books, most recently including Electric Dreamland: Amusement Parks, Movies, and American Modernity (Columbia University Press). Her current research and teaching interests include American cinema; amusement parks and world's fairs; and foodways. 

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