PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
ScM, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
AB, Brown University, 1989
My research focuses on food system environmental sustainability and resilience, including equity issues. My current COVID-19 projects include a U.S. national and Maryland survey related to food security and access, serving on the executive team for the National Food Access and COVID Research Team (NFACT); performing a survey of U.S. food system workers, and supporting a food system indicator project. This research builds upon my prior work on food system resilience to diverse hazards, food security, and social factors in occupational safety. Outside of COVID-19, my projects focus on wasted food (including seafood), food donations, food system resilience, and food contributions to climate change.
I engage with public health practice and with broader food system issues in my role as director of the Food System Environmental Sustainability and Public Health program at the school's Center for a Livable Future. I teach a community-engaged seminar course, Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study in Urban Food Environments (going online for 2021). I also co-direct the school's MPH Concentration in Food Systems & Public Health and our Certificate Program in Food Systems & Public Health. I am co-leading a new doctoral track focused on Environmental Sustainability, Resilience and 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). I am a 2019-20 participant in the "Cultivating Anti-Oppressive Learning Communities" faculty seminar.
My roles external to the university include serving on the National Academy of Sciences panel on preventing consumer waste of food and the National Academy of Sciences Food Forum.
Honors and Awards
Excellence in teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010 - 2020
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