Zachary Bostwick Nowak, PhD

College Fellow in History, Harvard University
Zachary Nowak is a College Fellow in the History Department at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on food, environmental, and urban history. He is also the Associate Director of the Food & Sustainability Studies Program at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Nowak is a historian of the built and natural environment and is currently revising the manuscript of his first monograph, tentatively entitled The Railway Panopticon: The Nineteenth-Century American Train Station and State Power. He is the author of Truffle: A Global History (Reaktion, 2015), the translator of Why Architects Still Draw (MIT Press, 2014), and the editor and translator of Inventing The Pizzeria: A History of Pizza Making in Naples (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). He is also a co-editor (with Peter Naccarato and Elgin Eckert) of a collection of essays on Italian food, Representing Italy Through Food (Bloomsbury, 2017).


  • PhD Harvard University