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 addressing food system intersections with climate change and food system inequities. More specifically, I have a number of ongoing studies focused on food wastage and food donations; and I continue to work on issues of urban food system resilience and sustainable diets. I use qualitative and quantitative tools, approaching my research themes from angles including policy, communications, consumer behavior, program evaluation, and modeling. I'm especially interested in the complex social realities that complicate well-meaning public health efforts.
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 teach the courses, Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study in Urban Food Environments, and Food System Sustainability Practicum. I also co-direct the school's MPH Concentration in Food Systems & Public Health and our Certificate Program in Food Systems & Public Health. I edited the first textbook on the US food system, Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, Equity (Wiley-Jossey Bass, 2014, 576 pgs). My roles external to Johns Hopkins include serving on the Board of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, and on the National Academy of Sciences' Food Forum.
Honors and Awards
Excellence in teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010 - 2018
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, 2007
Victor P. Raymond Award in Health Policy, 2003