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CUNY Food Collaboratory Directory

The CUNY Food Collaboratory is a community of CUNY faculty, staff and students who share interests in food policy, food justice, nutrition and related fields. Use this list to find CUNY faculty who are engaged in food-related research, service or teaching work. To add your name or request changes to the information listed, email urbanfoodpolicy@sph.cuny.edu.

Click on a faculty member's name for their campus web page, when available.

We have included select publications when provided.

A-Z index available here.

 

Babette Audant

Director, Center for Economic and Workforce Development,   Kingsborough Community College, Department of Tourism and Hospitality/Culinary Arts

Research Interests: Public space/public market; food access; food policy knowledge

babette.audant@kbcc.cuny.edu

Andrea Boyar

Associate Professor, Lehman College, Department of Health Sciences

Research Interests: Dietary supplements; nutrition and cancer

andrea.boyar@lehman.cuny.edu


Maria Brinkmann

3L Law Student, CUNY School of Law

Research Interests: I am most interested in issues of food justice, specifically access to and affordability of nourishing, healthy food. I just finished a semester working as a legal advocate with the Economic Justice Project, a clinic within CUNY Law's Main Street Legal Services. I represented clients who are CUNY students and food insecure, and I would like to further explore how CUNY can continue to advocate for the resources necessary to meet the needs of these students.

maria.brinkmann@live.law.cuny.edu


Nevin Cohen

Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management

Research Interests: Urban food policy, planning and food environments, food practices and health

nevin.cohen@sph.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s): (full list here)

Reynolds K, Cohen N. Beyond the Kale: Urban agriculture and social justice activism in NYC. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press; 2016.

Freudenberg N, Silver M, Hirsch L, Cohen N. The good food jobs nexus: A strategy for promoting health, employment, and economic development. Journal of Agriculture, Food
Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 283–301. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2016.062.020

Freudenberg N, Cohen N, Fuster M, Garza S, Johnson D, Poppendieck J, Rafalow A, Sheldon M, Silver M, Srivastava A, Eating in East Harlem: An Assessment of Changing Foodscapes in Community District 11, 2000-2015. CUNY School of Public Health and New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, 2016.

Shannon Caravello

Lecturer, Kingsborough Community College, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Community Health Program

Research Interests: Food justice and access, gardening and urban farming, health impacts

shannon.caravello@kbcc.cuny.edu


Marc Edelman

Professor, Hunter College, Department of Anthropology

Research Interests: Peasants' rights, rights to seeds, food sovereignty, agrarian conflicts

medelman@hunter.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Edelman M, Borras S. Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements: Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies. Fernwood Publishing, 2016.

2014 "Linking the Rights of Peasants to the Right to Food in the United Nations," Law, Culture and the Humanities 10(2) (June): 196-211.

2014 "Food Sovereignty: Forgotten Genealogies and Future Regulatory Challenges," Journal of Peasant Studies 41(6) (Nov.): 959-978.

Edelman M (editor). Global Land Grabs: History, Theory and Method. Routledge 2015.

Edelman M. Global Land Grabbing and Political Reactions ‘From Below’ (special issue J of Peasant Studies 2015, forthcoming as a book from Routledge)

Lisa Delange

Full-time Substitute, Kingsborough Community College, Department of Tourism & Hospitality/Culinary Arts

Research Interests:20th Century Foodways in the Bronx; the 1939 World's Fair; Library Collection Development to Support Culinary and Food Curriculum

lisa.delange@kbcc.cuny.edu


Karen Flórez

Assistant Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences

Research Interests: food access, food insecurity, diet-related disparities among vulnerable populations of color (e.g., immigrants)

karen.florez@sph.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s): (Full list here)

Flórez KR, Richardson A, Beckman R, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Huang C, Wagner L, Dubowitz T. (Forthcoming 2016). Improved parental dietary quality is associated with children’s dietary intake through the home environment. Obes Res Pract.

Flórez KR, Abraído-Lanza AF. (Forthcoming 2016). Segmented assimilation: A novel approach to studying acculturation and obesity among Latino adults in the United States. Fam Comm Health.

Flórez KR, Ghosh-Dastidar MB, Beckman R, de la Haye K, Duru OK, Abraído-Lanza AF, Dubowitz T. The Power of Place: Social Network Characteristics, Perceived Neighborhood Features, and Psychological Distress among African Americans in the Historic Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Am J Community Psychol. 2016 Sep; 58(1-2):60-8. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12086. Epub 2016 Sep 9. PubMed PMID: 27612324.

Flórez KR, Dubowitz T, Ghosh-Dastidar MB, Beckman R, Collins RL. Associations between depressive symptomatology, diet, and body mass index among participants in the supplemental nutrition assistance program. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jul; 115 (7):1102-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.01.001. Epub 2015 Mar 10. PubMed PMID: 25769748; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4484316.

Hattie Elmore

Director, Enrollment Management, Single Stop, Kingsborough Community College

Research Interests: Peasants' rights, rights to seeds, food sovereignty, agrarian conflicts

hattie.elmore@kbcc.cuny.edu


 

Alyshia Galvez

Associate Professor, Lehman College, Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Research Interests: Food policy, foodways, chronic disease.

alyshia.galvez@lehman.cuny.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Fuster

Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences

Research Interests: Food culture, comparative food policy, lay and expert notions in relation to food, with emphasis on immigrant and Latin American populations.

m.fusterrivera54@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Fuster, M., E. Messer, R.F. Houser, P. Palma de Fulladolsa, H. Deman, and O.I. Bermudez (2014). “Local notions of healthy eating and national dietary guidelines: A comparison in vulnerable Salvadorian communities” Food and Foodways 21(4): 288-314.

Fuster, M. (2016) “Comparative analysis of dietary guidelines in the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean” Public Health Nutrition 19(4): 607-15.

Fuster, M. (2015) “Writing Cuisines in the Spanish Caribbean: A comparative analysis of iconic Puerto Rican and Cuban cookbooks” Food, Culture and Society 18(4): 659-680.


Diane Gibson

Associate Professor, Baruch College, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

Research Interests: Food Stamps/SNAP Neighborhood Food Environments Diet-related diseases

diane.gibson@baruch.cuny.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Gardner Burt

Assistant Professor, Lehman College, Department of Health Science

Research Interests: urban agriculture (particurarly farmers markets, community gardens, school gardens, food justice, food and nutrition-related health inequities

katherine.burt@lehman.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Myers, G. (2015). Decolonizing a Food System: Freedom Farmers’ Market as a Place for Resistance and Analysis. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4): 149-152.

Sullivan, D. M. (2014). From food desert to food mirage: Race, social class, and food shopping in a gentrifying neighborhood. Advances in Applied Sociology, 4(1):30-35.

Figueroa, M. (2015). Food Sovereignty in Everyday Life: Toward a People-centered Approach to Food Systems. Globalizations 12(4): 498-512

The New Diabetes Cookbook: 100 mouth-watering, seasonal, whole foods recipes. Sterling publishers, 2015.


Sonia González

Health Technology Project Director, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

sonia.gonzalez@sph.cuny.edu


Margrethe Horlch-Romanovsky

Doctor of Public Health Candidate/Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences

Research Interests: Dietary Acculturation; Obesity/Type 2 Diabetes; Food Access

margrethehr@gmail.com

 

Flor Henderson

Professor, Hostos Community College, Department of Natural Sciences

Research Interests: Food and Culture, Ethnobotany, Agriculture

fhenderson@hostos.cuny.edu



Michael Krasner

Associate Professor, Queens College, Department of Political Science

Research Interests: Politics of Food,  Government regulation of food industry

michael.krasner@qc.cuny.edu

 


Cindy Lobel

Associate Professor, Lehman College, Department of History

Research Interests: The History of Food in the US / New York City / History of food and cities

cindy.lobel@lehman.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Food in 19th-Century American Cities, Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Jonathan Butler, editor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May May Leung

Assistant Professor, Hunter College, Department of Nutrition

Research Interests: health communication and community-based interventions to reduce childhood obesity risk, community-based participatory research with children with a focus on food justice

mm.leung@hunter.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Leung MM, *Agaronov A, *Buckley J, *Entwistle T, *Harry L, Freudenberg N.. Utilizing photovoice to understand youth perspectives of the food environment in East Harlem, New York. Health Promotion Practice, 2016; DOI: 10.1177/1524839916678404.

Leung MM, Green MC, Tate DF, Cai, JW., Wyka K., Ammerman, AS. Fight for Your Right to Fruit: Psychosocial Outcomes of a Manga Comic Promoting Fruit Consumption in Middle-School Youth. Health Communication, 2016; DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1211074.

*Keeney M, Yeh MC, *Landman R, Leung MM, Gaba A., Navder K. Exploring the use of an iPhone App: a Novel Approach to Dietary Assessment. International Journal Of Nutrition, 2016; 1(4), 22-30.


Rhonda Mounton

Program Director, Single Stop, LaGuardia Community College

rmouton@lagcc.cuny.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria McNamara

Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Department of Health Education

Research Interests: Socio-environmental Impact on Diet, Health and Food Entrpreneurship

gmcnamara@kmcc.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

McNamara, G., Rennis, L. & Carlson, L. (2014). Impact of socio-environmental factors on college students’ vending food and beverage purchasing behaviors. The Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(3), 89-100. ISSN: 2160-1933.

McNamara, G. (2014). The effect of computerized feedback on college students’ dietary self-efficacy, knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 3 (4), 93-100. ISSN: 2156-8960.

Chronic Diseases: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Effects, and Treatments (Dec. 2016) edited by Jean Kaplan Teichroew. Santa Barbara CA: ABC-CLIO. McNamara contributed "Nutrition" and "Food Pyramid"

 


Barbara Katz Rothman

Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, Department of Sociology

Research Interests: Social movements, food cultures, feminist issues.

bkatzrothman@gc.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Katz-Rothman B. A Bun in the Oven: How the Food & Birth Movements Resist Industrialization. 2016, NYU Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley Rennis

Associate Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Department of Health Education

Research Interests: Alternative therapies and nutrition
Food, exercise and nutrition behaviors among women of color

lrennis@bmcc.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Rennis L, McNamara G, Seidel E, Shneyderman Y. (2015) Google it!: Urban community college students use of the internet to obtain self-care and personal health information.  College Student Journal. 49(3), 414-426.

McNamara, G., Rennis, L. & Carlson, L. (2014). Impact of socio-environmental factors on college students’ vending food and beverage purchasing behaviors. The Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(3), 89-100. ISSN: 2160-1933.

Ethan D, Rennis L, Samuel L, Seidel E, Basch C. (2014). A review of college-level health textbooks for coverage of type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Health Education Journal, 72(2), 217-227.


Jennifer Rutledge

Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Political Science

Research Interests: school meals; food riots; agricultural policy

jrutledge@jjay.cuny.edu

Select Publication(s):

Rutledge, Jennifer Geist. 2016. Feeding the Future: The Emergence of School Lunches as Global Social Policy, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Rutledge, Jennifer Geist. 2015. “From Charity to Security: The Emergence of the National School Lunch Program.” History of Education 44:187-206.

Rutledge, Jennifer Geist. 2015. “The Surprising Lack of Lunch: Gender and Food in Norway.” Food, Culture and Society 18:51-166.

Rutledge, Jennifer Geist. 2013. “Home Grown School Feeding in Brazil and Africa: Competing Frameworks for Success.” Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1:15 – 28.


Alexander Seki

Assistant Director, Hostos Community College, Department of Continuing Education & Workforce Development

Research Interests: Employment, nutrition

aseki@hostos.cuny.edu

Katherine Schwarz

Adjunct Lecturer, Lehman College, Department of Health Sciences

Research Interests: Food policy, food security, food and environmental degradation, food and climate change, food and agriculture

katherine.schwarz@lehman.cuny.edu


Barbara Syrrakos

Lecturer, City College, Department of History

Research Interests: Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union, African sustainability, land tenure and history

bsyrrakos@ccny.cuny.edu

Jorge Silva-Puras

Distinguished Lecturer, Hostos Community College, Department of Business

Research Interests: Food Entrepreneurship & Marketing

jpsilva-puras@hostos.cuny.edu


Angelika Winner

PhD Candidate/Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY Graduate Center, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences- Geography

Research Interests: I am interested in developing a better understanding of factors defining access to food especially for low income urban populations.

angelikawinner@gmail.com

Fabian Wander

Director of Health and Wellness, Hostos Community College, Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management

Research Interests: Food Security, Food Deserts, Food policy and Nutrition

fwander@hostos.cuny.edu