Alana Toulin

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Research Topics:
  • Modern United States
  • Capitalism
  • Urban History
  • Food History

Alana Toulin is a historian of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century United States. She is particularly interested in the cultural politics of reform and policymaking, food consumption and production, and the intersections between urban history and the history of capitalism. Her book project, “Open Tables: Restaurants and Reform in Progressive Chicago,” explores how the middle and working classes played dynamic roles in shaping the modern restaurant, which had become a cornerstone of American urban life by the turn of the twentieth century.


  • BA (University of Western Ontario)
  • MA (Carleton University)
  • PhD (Northwestern University)


  • “‘Old Methods Not Up to New Ways’: The Strategic Use of Advertising in the Fight for Pure Food After 1906.” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 18, no. 4 (October 2019): 461-479.
    Winner, Best Article Prize, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2020

Teaching 2020-2021

  • HIST 1501 – Comparative Global History (2020-2021 Topic: Global History of Capitalism)
  • HIST 2335 – Modern American Culture
  • HIST 3552 – Topics in Modern History (2020-2021 Topic: Food in U.S. History)
  • HIST 2615 – Making Gender: American Revolution to Present
  • HIST 3292 – Wealth and Power in North America
  • HIST 4500 – Topics in Modern History (2020-2021 Topic: Organized Crime in U.S. History)

Office Hours Fall 2022

  • Tuesday 10:15-12:15