Darra Goldstein is Willcox and Harriet Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College and founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

Since earning her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literatures from Stanford University, she has published numerous books and articles on Russian literature, culture, art, and cuisine, and has organized several exhibitions, including Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

She is also the author of four cookbooks: A Taste of Russia (finalist, Tastemaker Award), The Georgian Feast (winner of the 1994 IACP Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The Winter Vegetarian, and Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (finalist, IACP Award). She has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity, and under her editorship the volume Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity, Diversity and Dialogue was published in 2005 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the European Cultural Convention. In 2013 she was named Distinguished Fellow in Food Studies at University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute.

Goldstein has also consulted for the Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York City and is currently Food Editor of Russian Life magazine. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals from 2006-2008 and is General Editor of California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press), a book series that seeks to broaden the audience for serious scholarship in food studies and to celebrate food as a means of understanding the world.

Current Positions

  • Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College | View Website
  • Founding Editor, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture(University of California Press) | View Website
  • Series Editor, California Studies in Food and Culture, University of California Press |View Website
  • Food Editor, Russian Life magazine | View Website


  • Stanford University, Ph.D 1983
  • Vassar College, A.B. 1973

Other Professional Experience

  • Consultant, European Union Northern Dimension initiative, 2011
  • Consultant, AgVANTAGE/USAID project on Georgian agriculture, 2007
  • Consultant on Food and Diversity, The Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 2002-2005