Robert Appelbaum (born 2 February 1952) is an academic specializing in early modern writing, food studies, and terrorism studies. He teaches in the Department of English at Uppsala University, in Sweden.
He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Tutorial Studies in 1975, an M.A. in English Literature at San Francisco State University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked under the supervision of Stephen Greenblatt.
His works include "Terrorism Before the Letter: Literatures of Political Violence in Britain and France, 1559–1642" and the 2011 volume, ''Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience (London: Reaktion). In 2011, he left his position as a Senior Lecturer In Renaissance Studies at Lancaster University to take up a Chair as Professor of English Literature at Uppsala University.
His most recent book is at once an autobiography and a work of cultural criticism: Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption (Winchester: Zero Books).
- Robert Appelbaum, Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England, Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-521-81082-1
- Robert Appelbaum and John Wood Sweet, editors, Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Making of the North Atlantic World, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-8122-3853-2
- Robert Appelbaum, Aguecheek's Beef, Belch's Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and Food Among the Early Moderns, University of Chicago Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-226-02126-3
- Robert Appelbaum, Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience, Reaktion Books, 2011. ISBN 9781861898074