Participant Info

First Name
Ashley Rose
Last Name
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History
Website URL
American History, Southern History, food History, New Orleans, U.S. South, Creole, Public History, Food Studies
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Personal Info

About Me

Ashley Rose Young is the historian of the American Food History Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). As a member of the Food History Team at NMAH, Dr. Young focuses on curatorial work, academic research and writing, and public programming. She is co-curating the refresh of the FOOD: Transforming the American Table exhibition, which houses Julia Child’s kitchen. She is also the host and program director of the museum’s live cooking demonstration program “Cooking Up History.” Dr. Young received her B.A. in history at Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Duke University. Her academic manuscript project is a study of nineteenth-century street food culture in America and is titled, “Nourishing Networks: the Public Culture of Food in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans and the Nation.”

Recent Publications

“First Thought Seven Things: Foodways: Culture and Cuisine exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture” Lute & Drum, no. 9 (Fall, 2017)

“Red Hots and the Motor City: The World of the Cubs’ 1908 Victory” Front & Center. Volume 22, no. 1 (Spring, 2017)

“A Delicate Balance: Understanding the Four Humors.” RL Magazine. Volume 1 (Winter, 2017).

“Terroir Tapestries: An Interactive Consumption Project.” Food and Museums. Edited by Nina Levent and Irina D. Mihalache. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Economic History, Food History, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Pedagogy, Public History, Race, Slavery, Women