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Rutgers University - New Brunswick
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food, food history, hunger, Colonial America, New England, New France, borderlands, history of medicine, history of the body, material culture
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About Me

Carla Cevasco is a historian of early America. She is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies at Harvard University in 2017. Her book manuscript, Violent Appetites, is a history of hunger in early American borderlands. Her research and teaching interests include early America and the Atlantic world, borderlands, food studies, American Indian history, material culture, and medicine. Her articles have appeared in Early American Studies and New England Quarterly. Her public scholarship has been featured in The Junto, Common-Place, Nursing Clio, and The Recipes Project. Her scholarship has been supported by the John Carter Brown Library, the Winterthur Museum and Library, the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis, and the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard. She is a former editor of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies.

Recent Publications

“Hunger Knowledges and Cultures in New England’s Borderlands, 1675-1770,” Early American Studies 16, No. 2 (April 2018): 255-281, doi:10.1353/eam.2018.0009


“This is My Body: Communion and Cannibalism in Colonial New England and New France,” New England Quarterly 89, No. 4 (December 2016): 556-586, doi:10.1162/TNEQ_a_00564

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Food History, Material Culture, Medicine, Race, Rural & Agrarian History