Participant Info

First Name
Shayne Leslie
Last Name
Independent Scholar
Website URL
food, postwar, consumerism, school lunch, institituional
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Shayne Leslie Figueroa is a food historian and earned her PhD in Food Studies from New York University. Her dissertation examined the social history of the school lunch program in New York City during the postwar period. Dr. Figueroa is an Administrator at NYU and adjunct teaches at NYU and The New School. In addition to school lunch history, she is currently conducting social history research on the organic agriculture movement, as well as the historic place of food in utopian communities.

Recent Publications

Bentley, Amy and Shayne Leslie Figueroa, “A History of Food in Popular Culture over the Life Span” in Handbook of Food and Popular Culture, eds. Kathleen LeBesco and Peter Naccarato. (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018).


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Food History