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Tracey A Deutsch

Department of History 1045 HellerH 271 19th Ave S


I teach, research, and write about gender and women’s history, the history of capitalism, critical food studies, and modern US history. I particularly enjoy looking at sites in which capitalism and gender systems intersect. My current project uses the life of Julia Child to ask how and why food, especially gourmet food, became so central to mid-20th century American life and politics. I have also written about the emergence of supermarkets (Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Government, and American Grocery Stores, 1919-1968) and have published essays on food and labor in The Oxford Handbook of Food History and in the Radical History Review. Although a committed historian, much of my work is informed by interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors. I, along with George Henderson (Geography) and Karen Ho (Anthropology), created the “Markets in Time” collaborative for studies of capitalism. More recently I have come to study food and agriculture through the AgriFood Colllaborative and the Graduate Group in Food Studies. I have particular interests in the uses of historical narratives in contemporary food politics and in robust publiclly engaged scholarship around issues of food justice.


  • consumption and consumerism
  • women's and gender history
  • history of capitalism
  • food studies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: U.S. History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001.
  • M.A.: U.S. History, New York University, 1993.


  • Deutsch, Tracey A. "Bessie (Pesi) Hershfeld Pomerantz." Women Building Chicago: A Biographical Dictionary (2000)
  • "Des Consommatrices Américaines Trés Engagées, du New Deal a la Guerre Froide,": Deutsch, Tracey, Alain Chatriot, Marie Chessel, Matthew Hilton, Au Nom du Consammateur, 2004.
  • Deutsch, Tracey A. "Untangling Alliances:Social Tensions at Neighborhood Grocery Stores and the Rise of Chains." Food Nation: Food and Drink in Consumer Society (2002)
  • Deutsch, Tracey A. Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Government and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century. University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
  • Deutsch, Tracey A. "Memories of Mothers in the Kitchen: Gender, Local Foods, and the Work of History." Radical History Review 109 (April 2011)
  • Deutsch, Tracey A, Jeffrey Pilcher. "Food and Labor History ." Oxford Handbook of Food History (2012)


  • 2011 Best Book in Food Studies, American Society for Food Studies, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Hist 5XXX - Histories and Cultures of Capitalism
  • Hist 3348/WOST 3408 - US Women's History, 1890-present
  • History 3345- US History Since 1945
  • History 4961 Major Paper Seminar
  • History 1301 Authority and Rebellion: US History to 1865
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Featured Faculty

  • Isaacmans Receive Top Honors for "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development"

    Congratulations to Professor Allen and Barbara Isaacman! Their book "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007" has recently been honored with two major book awards: ASA's Melville Herskovits Award, and AHA's Martin A. Klein Prize.

    December 5th, 2014
  • American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award to Jean O'Brien

    Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association.

    December 4th, 2014
  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014

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