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Scott Barton

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-7772
1 Wash Pl, Room 431

Scott Alves Barton holds a PhD in Food Studies from NYU and teaches as an assistant adjunct professor at NYU and Queens College. He had a 25-year career as an executive chef and culinary educator and Ebony magazine named him one of the top 25 African American/Diaspora chefs. He is a fellow of Fundação Palmares and Instituto Sacatar in Brazil and the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History of the Americas in Mexico. Barton serves on the James Beard Foundation Cookbook/Foodwriting committee, the board of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, the African Diaspora committee for the American Academy of Religion, and has served on the Southern Foodways Alliance board. His research and publications focus on the intersection of secular and sacred cuisine as a marker of identity politics, cultural heritage, political resistance, and self-determination in Northeastern Brazil. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and been a frequent guest, as a scholar/chef on the PBS program, A Chef’s Life.   Barton’s recent publications include “Radical Moves from the Margins: Bumba Meu Boi an Enslaved Entertainment in Northeastern Brazil”; “Now You’re Eating Slave Food!”—Feijoada and Bahian Identity, The Making of Brazil’s Black Mecca: Bahia Reconsidered; “Eu tenho um pé na cozinha” | “Put(ting) your foot in It,” Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original; Repasting: A Metonymy, Liminalities; “Race, Faith, and Cake: Food, Art, and the Festa de Divino Espiríto in São Luis do Maranhão, Brazil,” Culture and Religion;   The Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Good Death and Adenor Gondim," Axé Bahia; At What Price Passion?” Food and Foodways; Food for the Gods-Ewé òòò, á sà , Elogiar as folhas—Praise the leaves, Liminalities.    

Teaching and Research Interests

food studies, African diaspora cultural history, food and faith, black Atlantic world, critical race studies, women’s knowledge/agency, African diaspora religions, Brazilian studies, Yorubaland and the Kongo kingdom, performance studies, tourism studies, collective memory, media and visual communication, US Civil Rights history, and the Black Arts movement history  

Scott Barton