Carol Helstosky

Associate Professor; Chair, History

What I do

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the DU History Department.


Modern Europe; Italy; History of Food; History of Fascism

Professional Biography

I received my PhD in modern European history from Rutgers University after I completed an undergraduate degree in literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. My research focuses on modern Italian history, especially the histories of food consumption and consumerism. I have published widely in the field of modern food history. Here at DU, I teach classes in modern European history, food history, and historical methods, working with students on projects like the Veterans Legacy Program, a research-based curriculum commemorating the lives of veterans buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.


  • Ph.D., Modern European History, Rutgers University, 1996
  • BA, Literary Studies, Trinity College, 1987


I am currently working on several projects on the history of consumption and consumerism in modern Italy and Europe. One, a book-length study of the market for antiquities in late nineteenth-century Italy; two, a study of meatlessness, or "vegetarianism-by-necessity" in Italy; three, a comparison of ethnic cookbooks published during and after World War One in the United States.

Key Projects

  • Veterans Legacy Program

Featured Publications

Helstosky, C. (2018). Alimentazione. In Storia d'Italia. Annali 27: I consumi, eds. Stefano Cavazza e Emanuela Scarpellini (pp. pp. 126-152). Turin, Italy: Giulio Einaudi.
Helstosky, C. (2020). “Culinary Nationalism and Immigrant Cooking Collections in the United States during and after World War I”. In Battlefields and Homefronts: Expanding Boundaries in Food and Warfare, 1840-1990. USA: University of Arkansas Press.
Helstosky, C. (2016). La Cucina Futurista: Form Over Function?. In The Taste of Art: Food as Counterculture in Contemporary Practices. University of Arkansas Press.


Helstosky, C. (2015). Food Studies and Animal Rights. University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria: Philosophy Department, University of Vienna.