Roger Horowitz

Year: 2018

Affiliation(s): Hagley Museum and Library

Roger Horowitz is the Director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library and Professor of History at the University of Delaware. He has published widely in the area of food history, most recently Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Columbia University Press, 2016). Kosher USA has received the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize from the American Historical Association and the National Jewish Book Award for American Studies, and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice.


Oral history has been a part of his research and teaching activities for 30 years. In the mid-1980s he worked on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to interview workers in the American meatpacking industry. These interviews were a major source for his dissertation, and some excerpts were published in his book, Meatpackers: An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality. Since then Dr. Horowitz has continued to use oral interviews as part of this research, taught many oral history training sessions, and offered courses on oral history at the University of Delaware. At Hagley he oversees the work of its Oral History Office, and has written a number of grants for oral history activities. He has served as President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, as a member of its board 1996-2017, and as a member of the executive council of the Oral History Association 2005-08.