Simone Cinotto

Associate Professor of Contemporary History

Telefono: +39 0172 458543

University of Gastronomic Sciences | Pollenzo Campus
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn) – Italy



Simone Cinotto is Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the master’s program, “Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility” and Reference Professor for Fulbright cultural exchange programs between Italy and the United States.

Cinotto is the author of the books Gastrofascismo e Impero: Il cibo nell’Africa Orientale Italiana (Mimesis, 2022), The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Soft Soil Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California (New York University Press, 2012); the editor of Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities (Fordham University Press, 2014), which won the 2015 John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association; and the coeditor, with Hasia Diner, of Global Jewish Foodways: A History (University of Nebraska Press, 2018), and, with Daniel Bender, of Food Mobilities: Making World Cuisines (University of Toronto Press, 2023) . His article “Leonard Covello, the Covello Papers, and the Eating Habits of Italian Immigrants in New York” won the 2004 David Thelen Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians for the best article on American History published in a language other than English, and was published in the Journal of American History.

Cinotto has been Visiting Professor at Indiana University (2017-2018), Visiting Professor at University of London SOAS (2014-2019), Visiting Scholar of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at New York University (2013-2015), Visiting Professor at the Department of Italian Studies at New York University (2008-2009), Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University (2004), Visiting Scholar of the History Department at Columbia University (2007, 2000, 1998), Fellow of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University (2000), and Scholar-in-Residence of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies-Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2009, 2000, 1998).

Cinotto is on the Editorial Board of several journals, among which Gastronomica, Food, Culture, and Society, Global Food History, The Graduate Journal of Food Studies, and the Italian American Review.

Cinotto’s current research interests include the global history of food, migration and mobility and the history of transatlantic consumer cultures in the twentieth century. He has four books in preparation: Fascist Coffee, Imperial Bananas: Food in Italian East Africa, 1935-1941; The Puerto Ricans and Italians of New York: Migration and Mobilization in the Atlantic World; Transatlantic Emotions: The Mental and Intimate Biography of an Italian Immigrant to America, 1905-1942; and Birth of a Cultural Superpower: Italian Products and Cultures in Postwar United States and the Transatlantic Origins of Made in Italy.



  • Convenor del corso di Laurea Magistrale in International Gastronomies and Food Geo-politics
  • Convenor of the Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility program
  • Member of the Evaluation Committee
  • Member of the Ethic Committee



  • Storia dell’Alimentazione in Età Moderna e Contemporanea [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]
  • History of Food Cultures [Graduate Degree in Food Innovation & Management]
  • Migrant Gastronomies [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]






  • Food History and Culture
  • Migration History
  • Modern Italian History
  • U.S. and Transatlantic History
  • History of Consumer Culture




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