Daniel E. Bender

Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Food and Culture (He/Him)

On Leave

July 01, 2023 to June 30, 2024
UTSC, MW 220



Culinaria Research Centre

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

History of Food and Drink; Food Studies; Labour History; History of the United States; Cultural History; Animal Studies.


Daniel Bender is the Canada Research Chair in Food and Culture and the Director of the Culinaria Research Centre. His research focuses on food, drink, and empire. His current project focuses on a global labour history of wine, empire, and the sommelier. (He holds a Certified Specialist in Wine, a WSET Level 3, and is a WSET Diploma Candidate). He is the author of the forthcoming book, "The Food Adventurers: How Around-the-World Travel Changed the Way We Eat" (Reaktion, 2023) and is the co-editor of the forthcoming "Food Mobiilities: Making World Cuisines" (University of Toronto Press, 2023). His previous publications include: "The Animal Game: Searching for Wildness at the American Zoo," (Harvard University Press, 2016), "Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism" (Co-ed, NYU Press, 2015), "American Abyss: Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry" (Cornell University Press, 2009), "Sweated Work, Weak Bodies: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns and Languages of Labor" (Rutgers University Press, 2004), and "Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Global an Historical Perspective" (Co-ed, Routledge, 2003). His articles have appeared in Gastronomica; Food, Culture, and Society; International Labor and Working-Class History; Radical History Review; Journal of Women's History; American Studies; and Journal of Social History. He is a member of the Editorial Collective of the Radical History Review and is co-chair of the Editorial Collective of Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies. He is also a co-host of the Gastronomica Podcast on Heritage Radio Network.


PhD, New York University (2001)