Joel Harold Tannenbaum is assistant professor of history at Community College of Philadelphia, where he teaches classes in food history, the history of capitalism and global history. He also maintains an academic affiliation with the University of the Sciences. As a research fellow at the Science History Institute he continued his work on the history of taste and color perception research.

Joel was awarded a PhD in History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013. He has previously been a visiting researcher at the Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine at University College London, and the Center for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Manchester University. He published an article in Gastronomica tracing the history of a widely cited (and entirely fictional) food color experiment. Other published work concerns “black market” kidney transplantation and its relationship to the expansion of private, for-profit healthcare in 1980s Britain. Once, in a lull, he translated some French Marxist crime fiction into English.