Gillian Gualtieri is a Dean’s Fellow and Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from Kenyon College.
Gillian’s research broadly considers the relationship between culture, organizations, and inequality. In her current project, she analyzes 120 in-depth interviews with critically-celebrated chefs in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area and 1,380 restaurant reviews in these cities to consider how processes of cultural production and evaluation reflect and reproduce systems of ethnoracial and gender inequality in a cultural field at the intersection of art and commerce–American fine dining. In so doing, she builds an argument about the relationship between ethnoracial and gender categorization of both producers and products and systems of material and symbolic prestige to illuminate the insidious mechanisms by which ethnoracial and gender bias shape the differential evaluation, legitimation, and consecration of restaurants, chefs, and cuisine in the field. Her previous research appears in Gender Issues and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.