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Adrienne Rose Bitar

Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

Adrienne Rose Bitar is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History at Cornell. She specializes in the history and culture of American food, popular culture, and health. Her first book, Diet and the Disease of Civilization, reveals how 20th century diets (primarily Paleo, biblical, detox, and primitive) have articulated a powerful response to anxieties about the psychic and physical costs of modernity. Following an imaginary chronology of human origins, the book examines Paleolithic diets, biblical diets, precolonial diets, and environmentalist detoxification programs. She is currently working on a new project on lab-grown meat and meat analogues.

She earned her PhD in 2016 from Stanford University in Modern Thought and Literature. She holds teaching appointments at Stanford and Cornell and can be reached at


  • –present
    Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University