Audrey Russek


Assistant Professor in History and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Audrey Russek received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on intersections of identity, power, and the construction of consumer spaces in American culture. Her current book project, Restaurant Orders: Consumers, Regulation, and Dining Out in Modern America, examines restaurants' cultural significance by considering how they became highly regulated and contested sites in which debates about health and hygiene, femininity and masculinity, and race and national identity became part of larger public discourse. Her future projects include an analysis of historical relationships between crime and food in the late-19th and 20th century. She teaches courses on food and community-based oral history, consumerism, technology, and identity in U.S. history and culture.

Professor Russek is on leave for 2013-14 as the Andersen Fellow in American Studies at Carleton College.


B.A., English, Pomona College; M.A. and Ph.D., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HIS-140American History since the Civil War82013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
HIS-244ST:Buy, American22013/SP and 2011/FA
HIS-301Sensory History12012/FA
HIS-243American Technologies12012/SP