Nan Enstad

Robinson Edwards Professor of History


Office: 5113 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5002 Mosse Humanities
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Nan Enstad


I am the Robinson Edwards Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an affiliate of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department and the Afro-American Studies Department, and the current Director of the UW Food Studies Network. My research and teaching interests include the history of capitalism, cultural history, and the history of food systems. In all of my work I foreground race, gender, sexuality, and labor.

I am the author of Cigarettes Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism published by University of Chicago Press in October of 2018, and Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Popular Culture and Labor Politics at the turn of the Twentieth Century, which appeared from Columbia University Press in 1999.

An interdisciplinary scholar and researcher, I received my Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota along with a certificate in Feminist Studies and a minor in American Studies.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Minnesota


Advisor To

History Courses

  • History 102 – United States History Since 1865
  • History 221 – Food Since the Fridge
  • History 354 – Gender and Women in US History Since 1865
  • History 601 – Historical Publishing
  • History 901 – Seminar on Cultural History and the New Materialism
  • History 937 – Seminar on Gender and Women’s History