This is my academic CV, and it's pretty out of date. Get in touch if you need a more up-to-the minute copy. I've also done other things in my life besides go to school, believe it or not, but most of them are not documented on this website for the time being...

Nadia Aymone Berenstein



PhD, University of Pennsylvania

History & Sociology of Science

MA Awarded Spring 2012 

Advanced to candidacy with distinction, May 2013

Defended, May 2017 


MA, New York University

Draper Interdisciplinary Program, Humanities and Social Thought

Master's Thesis: The Bird is Gone: On the Trail of the Passenger Pigeon 


BA, Harvard College

English Literature & Language

Research Interests 

Dissertation topic: history of flavor and the flavor industry in the U.S., 1880-1970. Research interests include history of chemistry, history of technology, history of the senses, U.S. social and cultural history, environmental history, animal studies, food studies.


Awards and Honors

Beckman Center Haas Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 2014-2015

Benjamin Franklin Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2010-2015

Merit Scholarship, New York University, 2008-09

Selected Papers & Presentations 

Coming Up:

"Making Flavor Objective: Tasting Panels, Sensory Science, and Flavor Research, 1945–1977"

Session T8: Calibrating Self and Society in the Modern Human Sciences

History of Science Society Annual Meeting

Chicago, IL: November 6, 2014

"Artificial Strawberry, Imitation Cheese: A History of Synthetic Flavors in the U.S."

Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C.

Bethesda, MD: February 8, 2015

Past Presentations:

"'The Flavor of the Civilized World': Vanilla and Vanillin"

2014 Gordon Cain Conference, Chemical Reactions: Chemistry and Global History

Chemical Heritage Foundation

Philadelphia, PA: April 12, 2014

"The Imitation of Nature? Flavor Chemistry, Analytic Technology, and Scientific Craft"

Roger Smith FoodTech Conference

New York, NY: April 4, 2014

"Tasting Success: Training for a Job in Flavors, 1954-1989"

Ways of Knowing the World: History and the Senses

2013 Hagley Fellows Conference

Wilmington, Delaware: April 20, 2013

"Flavor Added: Flavor Chemistry and the History of Synthetic Flavors in the U.S."

Annual Meeting, Society of Flavor Chemists

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: February 7, 2013

"'The Art in Imitation Flavors': Flavor Chemistry & Scientific Craft"

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: November 27, 2012

"Flavor Added: Flavor Chemists, Artificial Flavors, and the Imitation of Nature"

Paper on Panel on the History of the Senses, History of Science Society 2013 Conference

San Diego, California: November 16, 2012

"Deathtraps on the Flyways: Bird Collisions and Tragedies of Migration in Urban North America, 1887-2012"

Cosmopolitan Animals Conference, University of London

London, UK: October 29, 2012

"Flavor Added: What Would A History of Flavor Look Like?"

Monell Chemical Senses Center, Lunchtime Lecture

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: September 13, 2012

"The Chicken Lady of Martha's Vineyard: Hens, Illness, and Female Authorship in Nineteenth-Century America"

Thinking Gender Conference, UCLA

Los Angeles, California: February 3, 2012

Teaching Experience


Science & Literature: A Cultural History of Science Fiction

University of Pennsylvania, Summer Session I 2014


Teaching Assistant/Grader

Value Creation & Value Capture in American Business History (Professor Daniel Raff)

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Management Department

Fall & Spring 2014


Teaching Assistant

Science & Literature (Professor Mark Adams)

University of Pennsylvania: Spring 2013, Spring 2012


Teaching Assistant

The Information Age (Professor Matt Hersch)

University of Pennsylvania: Fall 2013


Teaching Assistant

Emergence of Modern Science (Professor John Tresch)

University of Pennsylvania: Fall 2012