Zachary Nowak

Zachary Nowak

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Dr. Nowak is Lecturer on History at Harvard University, where his research and teaching center on the history of the built and natural environment in the United States and the world. His current book project, The State in the Station: The Nineteenth-Century American Train Station and State Power, offers a social history of one of the most important places in the nineteenth-century American city, the main train station. Dr. Nowak is also the Advisory Board Chair of the Center for Food & Sustainability Studies at the Umbra Institute, in Perugia, Italy.

Nowak is the author of Truffle: A Global History (Reaktion, 2015), the translator of Why Architects Still Draw (MIT Press, 2014), and the editor and translator of Inventing The Pizzeria: A History of Pizza Making in Naples (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). He is also a co-editor (with Peter Naccarato and Elgin Eckert) of a collection of essays on Italian food, Representing Italy Through Food (Bloomsbury, 2017). Nowak received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2018, M.A.s from both Harvard University and Middlebury College, and his B.A. from Kenyon College.  

Teaching, Fall 2018:

History 1054: From the Little Ice Age to Climate Change: Introduction to US Environmental History

History 14H: The History of Boston Through Its Built and Natural Environments

Teaching, Spring 2019:

History 14I: American Food, A Global History: More Than Just a Meal


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Robinson Hall B25
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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