Food Tank’s Academic Peer Working Group

Food Tank’s Academic Working Group brings together academic leaders in food, agriculture, environmental studies, and related fields. This group fosters robust discussions to share best practices, new research, curriculum development, media and other opportunities, peer-to-peer mentoring, events and conference integration, and much, much more. The group also aims to encourage coordination around research, reports, current events, and book releases. 

To request an invitation to join or for more information about Food Tank’s Academic Working Group please email Food Tank Co-founder Bernard Pollack at bernard@foodtank.com

Mchezaji "Che" Axum

Director, Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education

University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Molly Anderson

Professor and Director, Academic Program in Food Studies

Middlebury College

Dr. Alex Blanchette

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Interim Director, Environmental Studies

Tufts University

Dr. Lori Borchers

Assistant Professor, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Texas Christian University

Cindy Brison

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Nebraska Extension Educator

University of Nebraska

Dr. William Burke

Associate Professor, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Michigan State University

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter

Assistant Professor, Assistant Chair & Department Diversity Officer, Theology and Religious Studies

University of San Diego

Dr. Christina Ceisel

Associate Professor of Communications


California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Jill Clark

Associate Professor of Public Affairs


Ohio State University

Dr. Jonathan Crane

Professor and Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought

Emory University

Dr. Diane Cress

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences


Wayne State University

Marianne Cufone

Director, Environmental Law Program and Recirculating Farms Coalition


Loyola University-New Orleans

Amy DeLorenzo

Extension Educator, Discovery Partners Institute

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Jonathan Deutsch

Professor and Director, Drexel Food Core Lab

Drexel University

Dr. Brian Dolber

Associate Professor, Communication

California State University, San Marcos

Dr. Zhengxia Dou

Professor, Agricultural Systems

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Adam Drewnowski

Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Nutrition

University of Washington

Dr. Sophie Egan

Director, Stanford Food Institute & Sustainable Food Systems. Co-Director, Menus of Change

Stanford University

Dr. Eric Engstrom

Associate Professor, Biology and Co-Director, Educational Garden and Farm

Monmouth College

Dr. Jessica Fanzo

Director, Global Food Ethics and Policy Program

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick

Professor and Jones Chair in Community

 University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Dr. Sean Gillon

Associate Professor of Food Systems & Society, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition


Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Sonya Grier

Professor of Marketing, Kogod School of Business

American University

Dr. Wendy Godek

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations

Roger Williams University

Dr. Allen Hance

Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement

Roger Williams University

Dr. Matthew Hoffman

Assistant Professor, Food Studies Program

 University of Southern Maine

Dr. Kimberly Jackson

 Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of Food Studies Program


Spellman College

Benjamin Jewell

Extension Educator, Nebraska Regional Food Systems Initiative


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rebecca Kanter

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition

University of Chile

Dr. Tamiko Katsumoto

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stanford University

Dr. Dawn King

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society

Brown University

Dr. Joan Kopperud

Professor Emeritus, English

Concordia College

Dr. Juan E. Andrade Laborde

Associate Professor, Global Food & Nutrition

University of Florida

Emily Broad Leib

Clinical Professor of Law and Founding Director, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic

Harvard University

Dr. Karen Magid

Special Assistant to the President and Director of Sustainability and STEM

Huston-Tillotson University

Dr. Michael E. Mann

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science

Penn State University

Dr. Lisa Markowitz

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Louisville

Dr. Teresa Mares

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director for Graduate Program in Food Systems

University of Vermont

Dr. William Masters

Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition

Tufts University

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Arizona State University

Dr. Albie Miles

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems

University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

Rachael Miller

Associate Professor of Business

Alaska Pacific University

Dr. Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita

New York University

Dr. Jennifer Otten

Associate Professor and Food Systems Director

University of Washington

Dr. Raj Patel

Research Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs

University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Heather Paxson

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Head of Anthropology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Alex Racelis

Associate Professor, Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Dr. Barbara Sattler

Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing and Health Professionals

University of San Francisco

Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

Professor of Agroecology, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences

North Carolina State University

Andi Sciacca

Associate Professor, Writing and Humanities

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 

Dr. Sauleh Siddiqui

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science

American University of Washington D.C. 

Dr. Joanne Slavin

Professor, Food Science and Nutrition

University of Minnesota 

Dr. Hee-Jung Song

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Science 

University of Maryland 

Dr. Taryn Vian

Professor and Co-director, Community and Public Health Practice Concentration

University of San Francisco 

Dr. Beth C. Weitzman

 Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

New York University

Ellen Yee

Professor of Law and the Director of International Programs

Drake University

Dr. Anna Zeide

Associate Professor of History, Director of the Food Studies Program 

Virginia Tech 

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