Tracey A Deutsch

I teach, research, and write about gender and women’s history, the history of capitalism, critical food studies, and modern US history. I particularly enjoy looking at sites in which capitalism and gender systems intersect. My current project uses the life of Julia Child to ask how and why food, especially gourmet food, became so central to mid-20th century American life and politics. I have also written about the emergence of supermarkets (Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Government, and American Grocery Stores, 1919-1968) and have published essays on food and labor in The Oxford Handbook of Food History and in the Radical History Review. Although a committed historian, much of my work is informed by interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors. I, along with George Henderson (Geography) and Karen Ho (Anthropology), created the “Markets in Time” collaborative for studies of capitalism. More recently I have come to study food and agriculture through the AgriFood Colllaborative and the Graduate Group in Food Studies. I have particular interests in the uses of historical narratives in contemporary food politics and in robust publiclly engaged scholarship around issues of food justice.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: U.S. History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001.
  • M.A.: U.S. History, New York University, 1993.


  • consumption and consumerism
  • women's and gender history
  • history of capitalism
  • food studies
Courses Taught
  • Hist 5XXX - Histories and Cultures of Capitalism
  • Hist 3348/WOST 3408 - US Women's History, 1890-present
  • History 3345- US History Since 1945
  • History 4961 Major Paper Seminar
  • History 1301 Authority and Rebellion: US History to 1865
Research & Professional Activities


  • Minnesota Transform: A Just University for Just Futures: January 2021 - December 2023
  • Deutsch, Tracey A. "Untangling Alliances:Social Tensions at Neighborhood Grocery Stores and the Rise of Chains." Food Nation: Food and Drink in Consumer Society (2002):
  • Deutsch, Tracey A. Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Government and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century. University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
  • Deutsch, Tracey A. "Memories of Mothers in the Kitchen: Gender, Local Foods, and the Work of History." Radical History Review 109 (April 2011):
  • “Capitalism in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” co-authored with Nan Enstad in Companion to American Women’s History, eds., Nancy Hewitt and Anne Valk, Wiley, 2021
  • Wages for Housework and Social Reproduction: A Microsyllabus: Deutsch, Tracey, Arlen Austin, Beth Capper, Author. Link
  • Home, Cooking: Women’s Place and Women’s History in Local Foods Discourse: Deutsch, Tracey, University of North Carolina Press, Food Fights: How the Past Matters in Contemporary Food Debates,, 2019.
  • On Demand: Deutsch, Tracey, Between the Lines/Cornell University Press, Shopping for Change, 2017.
  • 2011 Best Book in Food Studies, American Society for Food Studies, 2011