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History Department at Lehman College

Faculty: Cindy Lobel



Cindy Lobel Academic interests

Urban history, food history, New York history, American cultural and social history

Research interests

History of urban development, consumer culture, food history, U.S. women's history


  • Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Spring 2014. Part of the “Historical Studies in Urban America Series,” edited by Timothy Gilfoyle, James Grossman, and Becky Nicolaides. Winner of the 2013 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, awarded by the New York State Historical Association to the best manuscript focusing on New York State History, and the 2016Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History by the New York Academy of History.
  • "Food in 19th-Century American Cities." In Oxford research Encyclopedia, Jon Butler, editor. Click here for web access.
    Area aditor and contributor, Savoring Gotham: A Food Lovers' Companion to New York City. New York: Ocford University Press, 2015.
  • “We Built This City:  Playing with Voice in a U.S. Urban History Class,” In Public Voices, edited by Marcie Wolfe and Jessica Yood (National Writing Project, 2015).  Click here for web access.
    "Sylvester Graham and Antebellum Diet Reform," History Now 30 (Winter 2012). Click here for web access
  • "Eating the Big Apple: Foodways and metropolitan growth in 19th-century New York City. NY," Foodstory: The Journal of the Culinary Historians of New York, 1 (Fall 2012).
  • “Out to Eat:  The Growth of New York City and its Restaurants,” Winterthur Portfolio44:2/3 (Summer / Autumn 2010).
  • “A Walking Tour of Historic Harlem,” Podcast for classroom use, “Making Objects Speak Project,” NEH-funded grant through John Jay College, CUNY, Fall 2010.
  • Co-authored with Delia Mellis.  Click here to download.
  • “Women in Nineteenth-Century America,”in Clio in the Classroom, edited by Carol Berkin, Margaret Crocco, and Barbara Winslow.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • “Delmonico’s” and “Sherry’s.”  In Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Superbowl:  An Encylopedia.  Editor Francine Segan.  Westport CT:  Greenwood
    Press, 2008.
  • “The Sideboard Takes Center Stage:  The Evolution of the Dining Room in the Nineteenth Century.”  Common-Place 7:1 (October 2006), at
  • “Views of New York City.”  Review of Mario Maffi, New York:  An Outsider’s Inside
  • View (Columbus:  Ohio State Press, 2004).  H-Urban, at http://www.h-, January 2006.
  • “The Joy of Cookbooks.”  Reviews in American History 33:2 (June 2005).
    “Pizza.”  In The Encyclopedia of New York State.  Editor Peter Eisenstadt.
    Syracuse, NY:  Syracuse University Press, 2004.
  • “Historic Harlem.”  In The Big Onion Guide to New York City.  Editors Seth Kamil
    and Eric Wakin.  New York: New York University Press, 2002.

Works in Progress / Accepted for Publication

  • Catharine Beecher:  The Paradoxes of Gender in the Nineteenth Century.  Part of the “Lives of American Women Biography Series,” edited by Carol Berkin.  Under contract with Westview Press.
  • "The Oyster Nexus: Oysters and Oystering in New York and the Chesapeake, 1820-1860." Article in progress.

Professional Service

  • Membership secretary, Urban History Association