Author Archives: Amanda Moniz

About Amanda Moniz

Amanda Moniz is the assistant director of the National History Center of the American Historical Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2008 and held a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University from 2008 to 2010. A scholar of transatlantic humanitarianism in the American Revolutionary era, Dr. Moniz has received numerous grants and fellowships including from the Social Science Research Council and the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program on the Early American Economy and Society. She has taught at Yale, the Catholic University of America, and American University. Before heading to graduate school, Amanda was a pastry chef. She now teaches occasional historic cooking classes and has written about food history for the Washington Post, NPR’s Kitchen Window, American Food Roots, the Historical Cooking Project, and has a blog, History's Just Desserts. She has also featured on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAML’s Mornings with Brian & Larry, and the National Geographic Weekend Radio Show.

Decolonization, Humanitarianism, and a Vocabulary Problem

When I started working at the National History Center of the American Historical Association about a year ago, I expected my new job would be stimulating, but I was not sure it would stimulate me intellectually in terms of my own scholarship. 

How WWI History Changed My Views about Peanut Butter

I hate peanut butter. As a kid, I wouldn’t touch a PB‘n’J, PB & banana, or PB & anything sandwich. The legume spread had no redeeming traits, I thought, until historical research in American World War I cookbooks broadened my mind.

Food is central to the history of American involvement in World War I. The war disrupted Europeans’ ability to import, produce, and distribute food. Well before the United States entered the war in 1917, Americans were providing humanitarian assistance, including food aid, to European civilians, who would have gone hungry without assistance.

National History Center Announces Washington History Seminar Lineup

The Washington History Seminar, a joint venture of the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars with support from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, begins on September 8.