PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
ScM, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
My research focuses on understanding and changing food systems, particularly promoting food system environmental sustainability and addressing food system inequities in light of complex environmental and social realities. I perform policy, communications, and consumer behavior research focused mainly in three core areas: 1) wasted food; 2) protein consumption; and 3) urban food system resilience to climate change and other threats. I am also interested in food system worker health & safety. I engage with broader food system issues in my role as director of the Food System Environmental Sustainability and Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF).
I edited the first textbook on the US food system, Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, Equity (Wiley-Jossey Bass, 2015, 576 pgs). I teach the courses, Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study in Urban Food Environments and Food System Sustainability Practicum. I also manage CLF research programs including the CLF-Lerner Fellowships for doctoral students and directed research.
Honors and Awards
Excellence in teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010 - 2017
Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum – Second Place, for Food System Certificate (co-leader of certificate), 2017
Faculty Excellence in Service Learning Award, SOURCE, JHSPH 2014
Champion of the Month, May 2014, SOURCE, JHSPH
SOURCE Service Learning Faculty Fellow 2012-13
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter
Victor P. Raymond Award in Health Policy