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

Dr. Selena Ahmed

Director, Periodic Table of Food, Professor, Sustainable Food Systems

Montana State University

Elena Carrillo Alvarez

Professor of Public Health Nutrition, Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Universitat Ramon Llull

Dr. Molly Anderson

Professor and Director, Academic Program in Food Studies

Middlebury College

Ravi Anupindi

Professor of Operations Research and Management, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

University of Michigan

Dr. Carlie Arbaugh

Resident Physician, Department of Surgery

Stanford University

Dr. J. Arbuckle

Professor of Rural Sociology

Iowa State University

Allison Arnett, MS, RD

Lecturer and Clinical Coordinator, Graduate Nutrition Program

University of New Haven

Dr. Abiodun Atoloye

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences

Utah State University

Mchezaji "Che" Axum

Director, Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education

University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Callie Babbit

Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Alex Blanchette

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Tufts University

Dr. Lori Borchers

Assistant Professor, Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Texas Christian University

Eleanor Boyle

Researcher and Author

Cindy Brison

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Nebraska Extension Educator

University of Nebraska

Dr. Garrett Broad

Associate Professor of Communications

Rowan University

Dr. Analena Bruce

Associate Professor, Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

University of New Hampshire

Dr. William Burke

Associate Professor, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Michigan State University

Dr. Nikki Byrne-Hoffman

Service Assistant Professor, Co-Director, WVU Campus Food Garden

West Virginia University

Dr. Christine C. Caruso

Assistant Professor, College of the Environment

Wesleyan University

Rachel Chadderdon Bair

Director for Sustainable Food Systems

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter

Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, 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. Jennifer Cognard-Black

Professor of English; Director of Student Fellowships

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Dr. Nevin Cohen

Professor, CUNY School of Public Health and Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

City University of New York

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

Timothy Crews

Chief Scientist; Director of The Land Institute International Initiative

The Land Institute

Marianne Cufone

Director, Environmental Law Program and Recirculating Farms Coalition

Loyola University-New Orleans

Dr. Tim Dalton

Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Sorghum and Millet

Kansas State University

Colette DePhelps

Community Food Systems Area Extension Educator

University of Idaho

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

Stanford University

Dr. Eric Engstrom

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

Monmouth College

Theodore Endreny

Professor of Water Resource Engineering


Dr. Michael Fakhri

Professor, Law and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

University of Oregon

Dr. Jessica Fanzo

Professor; Director, Food for Humanity Initiative

Columbia University

Cindy Farlee

Program Associate

Native American Agriculture Fund

Mackenzie Feldman

Founder and Director

Re:wild Your Campus

Dr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick

Professor and Jones Chair in Community

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Eliza Fournier

Urban Farm Director, Community and Workforce Partnerships

College of Lake County

Dr. Beth Frates

Physiatrist, Wellness Coach, Assistant Clinical Professor

Harvard University

Dr. Jennifer Gaddis

Associate Professor, Civil and Community Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Jessica Gephart

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science

American University

Dr. Jess Gerrior

Lecturer, Food Studies Program

University of Southern Maine

Dr. Sean Gillon

Associate Professor of Food Systems & Society

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

Craig Gundersen

Snee Family Endowed Chair; Professor of Economics

Baylor University

Dr. Allen Hance

Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement

Roger Williams University

Dr. Brooke Hansen

Associate Professor; Director of Sustainable Tourism

University of South Florida

Dr. Cassandra Hawkins

Associate Director, Data Management for the Institute of Child Nutrition

University of Mississippi

Dr. Bret Hess

Executive Director, WAAESD

University of Nevada, Reno

Dr. Michael Hoffman

Professor Emeritus, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Cornell University

Sarah Patiño Hulick

Faculty and Department Chair

Cabrillo College

Dr. Diane Husic

Founding Dean; Faculty Member, Department of Biological Sciences
Moravian University

Dr. Jerri Husch

Coordinator, Delaware Extension Climate Change Coordination Initiative
University of Delaware

Dr. Becca Jablonski

Co-Director, Food Systems Institute

Colorado State University

Dr. Kimberly Jackson

Director of Food Studies Program; Chair, Chemistry Department

Spellman College

Benjamin Jewell

Educator, Nebraska Regional Food Systems Initiative

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Rebecca Kanter

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition

University of Chile

Dr. Tamiko Katsumoto

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stanford University

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa

Post-Doctoral Associate, Geoscientist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sarah Kiel

Menu Architecture Manager

Yale University

Dr. Dawn King

Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society

Brown University

Dr. Ken Kolb

Professor, Chair of Sociology

Furman University

Dr. Joan Kopperud

Professor Emeritus, English

Concordia College

Dr. Kiruba Krishnaswamy

Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Systems Engineering

University of Missouri

Dr. Juan Andrade Laborde

Associate Professor, Global Food & Nutrition

University of Florida

Dr. Alexa Lamm

Professor, Science Communication

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

Dr. Stephanie Lansing

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Technology

University of Maryland

Dr. Emily Broad Leib

Professor; Founding Director, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

Harvard University

Robyn Linde

Professor; Director

International Nongovernmental Organizations and Nonprofit Studies

Dr. Justine Lindemann

Assistant Professor, Community Development and Resilience

Penn State University

Ashley Longacre

Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor, Connell School of Nursing

Boston College

Dr. Melina Macall

Adjunct Professor, Liberal Studies

William Paterson University

Dr. Karen Magid

Chief of Staff & Clerk of the Board; Director of Sustainability & STEM

Huston-Tillotson University

Dr. Michael E. Mann

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science

Penn State University

Dr. Lisa Markowitz

Professor of Anthropology

University of Louisville

Dr. Teresa Mares

Associate Professor; Director for Graduate Program in Food Systems

University of Vermont

Dr. William Masters

Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition

Tufts University

Sid Mehta

Senior Director, Ancillary Services

Simon Fraser 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

Dr. Rachael Miller

Associate Professor of Business

Alaska Pacific University

Kyle Murray

Community Nutrition Program Lead

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Roni Neff

Associate Professor, Environmental Health & Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Prof. of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, Emerita

New York University

Dr. David Ortega

Associate Professor and Food Economist

Michigan State University

Dr. Jennifer Otten

Associate Professor and Food Systems Director

University of Washington

Dr. Armand Paradis

Adjunct Industry Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition

Illinois Tech

Dr. Raj Patel

Research Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs

University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Stephanie Patterson

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Heather Paxson

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


Dr. Bryce Perler

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterologist

Brown University

Mary Pietrusko

Senior Administrative Associate, J-PAL


Silvina Pueyrredon

Food Safety Professor; Partner

Universidad Católica Argentina; QAGRO Consultores

Hari Pulapaka

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Stetson University

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Adjunct Faculty

Culinary Institute of America

Dr. Alex Racelis

Associate Professor, Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Dr. Belinda Ramírez

Civic, Liberal, and Global Education Program Fellow

Stanford University

Michael Roberts

Executive Director, Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy


Dr. Brian Roe

Professor, Agricultural and Environmental Economics

Ohio State University

Dr. Howard Rosing

Executive Director, Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning

DePaul University 

Dr. Barbara Sattler

Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing and Health Professionals

University of San Francisco

Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

Professor of Agroecology, Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences
North Carolina State University

Dr. Pamela Schwartz

Executive Director, Community Health

Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco

Dr. Andi Sciacca

Associate Professor, Writing and Humanities

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 

Linda Shiue

Director of Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

Dr. Sauleh Siddiqui

Professor, Department of Environmental Science

American University of Washington D.C. 

Dr. Joanne Slavin

Professor, Food Science and Nutrition

University of Minnesota 

Tammara Soma

Assistant Prof., School of Resource & Environmental Management

Simon Fraser University

Dr. Hee-Jung Song

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Science

University of Maryland 

Katie Stebbins

Executive Director, Tufts Food & Nutrition Institute

Tufts University

Dr. Jennifer Jo Thompson

Associate Research Scientist

University of Georgia

Dr. Taryn Vian

Professor and Co-director, Community and Public Health Practice

University of San Francisco 

Dr. Beth C. Weitzman

Prof., Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development

New York University

Dr. Daniel Wells

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture

Auburn University

Dr. Harry G. West

Professor; Co-Director, Centre for Rural Policy Research

University of Exeter

Dr. 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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