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Cindy R. Lobel
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Lehman College
Research Interests: 19th-century US History, New York City History, Urban History, Women's History

Tracks Taught in MALS: New York Studies          

Courses Taught in MALS: MALS 70200 

"Urban Appetites:  Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2014).
“Eating the Big Apple:  Foodways and Metropolitan Growth in Nineteenth-Century New York City,” Foodstory:  Culinary Historians of New York Newsletter, Fall 2012.
“’The Stomach First’:  Antebellum Diet Reform,” History Now, Issue 30 (Winter 2011), at
“Out to Eat:  The Growth of New York City and its Restaurants,” Winterthur Portfolio 44:2/3 (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.  Available for download at:
“Women in Nineteenth-Century America,” in Carol Berkin, Margaret Crocco, and Barbara Winslow, eds., Clio in the Classroom.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2009.
About Professor Lobel:

I joined the faculty at Lehman College in 2006 and started teaching in MALS at the Graduate Center in 2010.  Joining the CUNY faculty was a homecoming for me.  I completed my Ph.D. in the history department of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2003. I love studying and teaching the history of New York City and New York Studies IN New York City and using the city as text in my classes.  My first book, Urban Appetites:  Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York will be published in Spring 2014 by the University of Chicago Press.  This book surveys the evolution of New York through the lens of food and eating. The manuscript version of Urban Appetites won the 2013 Dixon Ryan Fox Prize, awarded annually by the New York State History Association for the best manuscript on New York history. I am currently working on two biographies, one of Catharine Beecher, a pioneer of American women’s education, and the other of Thomas Downing, a nineteenth-century African American oysterman and civil rights pioneer.