Julia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in History of Science interested in the interconnections of food politics, nutrition science and the history of the U.S. state. Her dissertation, “Sweet Deception: A History of the Health Politics of Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners in the United States” will trace ideas about the healthfulness of sugar and artificial sweeteners across scientific literature, government regulations, and dietary advice from the Progressive era to the rise of aspartame in the 1980s. Currently she is the Cain Fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. She graduated from Barnard College in 2014, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Physics and French literature.