Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and the UCSF School of Medicine. 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. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice.
She is the author of three prize-winning books: "Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health" (2002, revised edition, 2007), "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety" (2003, revised edition, 2010), and "What to Eat" (2006). "Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine" was published in September 2008 and in paperback in 2010. Her book with Dr. Malden Nesheim, "Feed Your Pet Right," was published by Free Press/Simon & Schuster in May 2010. "Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics," also co-authored with Dr. Nesheim, is scheduled for publication in March 2012.
She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily (almost) at www.foodpolitics.com. She also twitters @marionnestle.