I recently completed an interdisciplinary PhD at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2014). While conducting my doctoral research, I taught international development and food studies at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.
My core commitment in my research, teaching, and advocacy work is twofold: to advance local, national, and global food systems sustainability and nutritional health, broadly defined, and to expand the life opportunities, health, and well-being of underprivileged communities.
My recent work has focused on “nutrition transitions” in Mexico. As prevalence of obesity has increased and become a widespread public health issue, it is becoming concentrated in the low-income population. Low-income families are migrating from undernutrition not to good nutrition but rather to equally debilitating conditions of obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes.
I have written on the subjects of nutrition transitions, food consumption and poverty, food access and exposure, food acquisition practices, and health inequalities. My continuing research interests include socioeconomic status and nutrition, the influence of “foodscapes” on nutritional health, the sociology of supply-demand interactions for processed and convenience food, the role of FDI and trade in transforming food systems and food access, the politics and prospects of food industry regulation, and migration effects on food behaviors.