Jenna Bennett

20th century American material culture, food history, history of New York City, the Great Depression

  • Title 20th century American material culture, food history, history of New York City, the Great Depression
  • Office B08
  • Education BA in Art History, Marist College
    MA in Art History, Binghamton University

Jenna studies 20th century American material culture in relation to food history. She takes particular interest in the history of confections. Jenna’s research often intersects with the history of New York City and the Great Depression. She is currently studying American restaurants and concessions at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.

Jenna’s master’s thesis, “Curator of New York: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia’s Influence on WPA Murals in New York City,” inspired her research on La Guardia’s criminalization of candy gambling games in New York. This research project has been funded by The Culinary Historians of New York through The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

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