John W. Easterbrook, PhD

Managing Director
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Gillings School of Global Public Health
261 Rosenau Hall, CB # 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Prior to rejoining the Gillings School of Global Public Health in June 2019, Dr. Easterbrook spent three years as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the English Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Dr. Easterbrook taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental writing and early Anglo-American writing from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century. Before joining the faculty at Cal Poly, he served as communications lead with the Department of Nutrition at UNC-CH. Earlier in his career at UNC-CH, Dr. Easterbrook served as Project Manager with the Aiello Research Group in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Easterbrook holds a bachelor of arts in English from Manhattan College, where he was valedictorian, a master of arts in English from New York University, and a doctorate in English from New York University.

Key Publications

Synergizing Mouse and Human Studies to Understand the Heterogeneity of Obesity. Gordon-Larsen P, French JE, Moustaid-Moussa N, Voruganti VS, Mayer-Davis EJ, Bizon CA, Cheng Z, Stewart DA, Easterbrook JW, Shaikh SR (2021). Advances in Nutrition.
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Cosmopolitanism and Adriaen van der Donck's A Description of New Netherland. Easterbrook JW (2014). Early American Literature, 49(1), 3-36.
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  • PhD, English, New York University, 2015
  • MA, English, New York University, 2008
  • BA, English, Manhattan College, 2004