Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University in the department that she chaired from 1988-2003. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology in NYU's College of Arts and Sciences and as a Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University.
Her research focuses on the politics of food with an emphasis on the role of food marketing as a determinant of dietary choices. She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002) and Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003). Her latest book, What to Eat was published in 2006.
Dr. Nestle's degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health. She has been a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee and Science Board, the USDA/DHHS 1995 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and American Cancer Society committees that issue dietary guidelines for cancer prevention.
The recipient of many honors, Dr. Nestle won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Reference Book for What To Eat and was named in the Foundation's Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America for lifetime achievement. She is an elected fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. She was also named by Saveur Magazine as one of "The Saveur 100 Favorites," and as an "Obesity Warrior" by TIME Magazine.