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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Supervisor of the CAHSS First-Generation Student Mentorship Program

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Carol Helstosky

Having been a first-generation college student herself, Carol Helstosky, PhD, understands the rigor and versatility it takes to navigate the college experience. Dr. Helstosky studied literary studies for her undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Connecticut and earned a PhD in modern European history from Rutgers University. Dr. Helstosky specializes in modern Italian history, especially the histories of food consumption and consumerism. She is a published author in the field of modern food history. Her books include "Food Culture in the Mediterranean," "Pizza: A Global History" and "Garlic and Oil: Food and Politics in Modern Italy." In addition, Helstosky teaches courses in modern European history, food history and historical methods. She is also a champion of 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. She is an avid fan of classical music and the "Great British Bake Off." Dr. Helstosky is the current supervisor for the CAHSS First-Gen Mentorship Program.