- Ann Anagnost
Anthropology & Chinese Studies
Prof. Anagnost teaches courses in food studies: The Cultural Politics of Diet and Nutrition, The Anthropology of Food, and The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy (a study abroad program in Rome).
Her current research interests are focused on ethics of self-care in late capitalism through food and eating.
- Michelle Averill
Dr. Averill’s research interests include HDL biology in inflammation and obesity, the effect of postprandial lipemia on HDL composition and function, and the physiological role of stress in explaining health disparities in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
- John Banks
Environmental Science – UW Tacoma
Prof. Banks teaches courses in biology, ecology and entomology, and currently serves as the Director of International Programs at UW Tacoma.
Using a mixture of field experiments and mathematical models, Prof. Banks has been exploring issues associated with the interplay of managed and natural ecosystems for the past two decades.
- David Battisti
Prof. Battisti’s research is focused on understanding the natural variability of the climate system. He investigates the impacts of climate variability and change on food production in Mexico, Indonesia and China. He is especially interested in understanding how the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land, and sea ice lead to variability in climate.
- Benita Beamon
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Prof. Beamon’s research program uses quantitative methods (discrete-event simulation, mathematical modeling, and statistics) to develop management policies for humanitarian relief, supply chain, production, and service systems.
- Katherine Beckett
Prof. Beckett’s research examines the causes and consequences of contemporary social control patterns. Her recent work explores how the U.S. penal system contributes to socio-economic inequality through the imposition and collection of legal financial obligations; the dynamics and impact of urban social control efforts; and the adoption of more punitive crime discourse penal across the Americas.
- Branden Born
Urban Design and Planning
Prof. Born teaches courses about land use and food, including Planning for Urban Food Systems.
His research examines the Growth Management Act and its effects on urban density, and is studying food systems in an applied and theoretical manner.
- Toby Bradshaw
Prof. Bradshaw’s research interest is the genetic basis of adaptive trait evolution in natural populations, especially as it relates to the origin of new species.
As the chair of the UW’s Biology Department, he provides institutional support for food studies and programming on campus.
- Trevor Branch
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Prof. Branch’s research focuses on population dynamics and marine fisheries policy and management. His research focuses on global scale analysis of fisheries, including their current status and future directions, and in the human side of fisheries, including fishing behavior and fleet dynamics.
- Kima Cargill
Psychology – UW Tacoma
Prof. Cargill teaches courses in clinical psychology, with a focus on food and culture. Her research examines consumer culture and the psychology of overeating. Most recently her work has been featured in Routledge’s Handbook of Food Studies (2012), Food, Culture, and Society, Psychoanalytic Review, and popular publications such as Pacific Standard. Her forthcoming book is called The Psychology of Overeating: Food and the Culture of Consumerism (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).
- Anita Verna Crofts
Anita Verna Crofts is interested in the creative ways digital media and food build, sustain, and grow communities — in concert and on their own. Her writings on food have been published widely, with a particular emphasis on the preservation of foodways in post-conflict societies as a means of preserving community identity. Her work appears in the four-volume set, Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia.
- Sara Curran
Dr. Curran is the director of the International Studies Department at the UW. Her research and teaching interests encompass internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender.
- Thomas DeLuca
Prof. DeLuca is the director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. He currently teaches courses on forest ecology, forest soils, and sustainable resource management. Dr. DeLuca is interested in developing a course focused on soils linkage to food.
- Brian Dillon
Brian Dillon is an agricultural and development economist who studies food price determination, crop markets, farm support programs, and farmer decision-making problems, mostly in east Africa. He teaches a graduate course on Food and Agricultural Policy in Developing Countries.
- Adam Drewnowski
Dr. Drewnowski teaches courses on Neighborhood Nutrition and Nutrition and Chronic Disease.
His research is focused on the relationship between poverty, obesity, and access to healthy foods. He has conducted extensive studies on taste function and food preferences in relation to food choices and the overall quality of the diet.
- Kern Ewing
Environmental and Forest Sciences
Prof. Ewing teaches courses in restoration ecology. His research interests include freshwater wetlands, coastal wetlands, prairie, shrub-steppe, arid lands, oak woodlands, oak savanna, montane and thornscrub vegetation types. Currently, he is uniting the technology of production horticulture with ecological expertise in the installation and management of restored systems.
- Anne-Marie Gloster
Dr. Gloster brings research and teaching expertise in food and culinary education, sustainable food systems, food services management, and communications. Her research interests include examining how teaching cooking skills influences dietary habits and whether measures of kitchen literacy can become another indicator of health status.
- Jack Goldberg
Dr. Goldberg’s research focus is on studies of adult twins. He has devoted more than 25 years to the construction of twin registries for investigating the genetic and non-genetic basis of disease. His work includes univariate and multivariate classical twin studies as well as co-twin control studies examining exposure and disease associations. He has published widely on the relationship of service in Vietnam and combat exposure with the long-term physical and psychological health of veterans.
- Ana M. Gómez-Bravo
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Prof. Gómez-Bravo teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Hispanic Food and Culture. She conducts research on Spanish literature, rhetoric, and poetics, as well as theories of ethnic and gender differences and is studying the relationship between food and ethnic identity. She is particularly interested in the attention paid by the Inquisition to food practices of Jews and Muslims leading to the exercise of racial profiling and the ways in which these inquisitorial methods were applied in later centuries to other groups such as Native Americans and ethnic minorities.
- Stevan Harrell
Prof. Harrell’s primary current interests lie in building collaborations between earth and social scientists to understand better how people relate to their environments, and to using the knowledge from these collaborations to help local people solve local problems. Theoretically, this means a combination of ethno-ecology and resilience theory; substantively, it means looking at the historical relations between people and natural resources, particularly forests; and geographically, it happens in China, Taiwan, and Washington State.
- Ray Hilborn
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Prof. Hilborn has taught the CoEnv Food and the Environment Seminar in the past.
His research is on Bayesian analysis of decision making in natural resources, adaptive management of renewable resources, the role of hatcheries in management of Pacific salmon, the analysis of migration and dispersal from mark–recapture data, and the ecological dynamics of fishing fleets.
- Lucy Jarosz
Prof. Jarosz’s research and teaching interests focus upon rural development and rural poverty, food and agriculture, and agrarian development and environmental change. She is currently examining discourses around international food security.
- Jesse Jones-Smith
Dr. Jones-Smith investigates socioeconomic causes and correlates of obesity risk in both high- and low/middle-income countries. Past and current research pertains to (1) income- and ethnicity-based health disparities in obesity, (2) early life risk factors for obesity, and (3) the nutrition transition and increasing obesity prevalence in low- and middle-income countries.
- Elizabeth Kirk
Prof. Kirk’s research focuses on investigating how dietary and genetic components may influence the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Using a variety of inbred strains of mice and dietary manipulations, she investigates oxidation biology and its potential role in atherosclerosis, inflammation and its contribution to both diabetes and atherosclerosis, and dietary regulation of specific genes which may promote or protect against atherosclerosis.
- Michael Kucher
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences – UW Tacoma
Prof. Kucher studies the medieval water supply of Sienna, Italy, the impact of the fur trade on aquatic ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, and landscape history of the Mima mounds, Thurston County, Washington.
- Kristy Leissle
Global Studies – UW Bothell
Kristy Leissle’s doctoral work investigated the global chocolate trade, especially between West Africa and Europe, earning her the title “Dr. Chocolate” among industry professionals. While continuing to investigate issues of gender, race, trade inequity, and representation in West African cocoa markets, she expanded her research to include the growing artisanal and craft chocolate market in the US. Her writing on chocolate has appeared in Gastronomica, Alimentum, yes! magazine, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and Bittersweet: The Chocolate Show.
- Karen Litfin
Dr. Litfin teaches courses in global environmental politics. Her research interests include: the politics of remote sensing; the political implications of Gaia Theory; the relationship between scientific and political authority in the climate change negotiations; the politics of sacrifice in an ecologically full world; and holistic thinking in the global ecovillage movement.
- Jonathan Mayer
Prof. Mayer’s interests include: the epidemiology of infectious diseases and environmental influences; tuberculosis, esp. in urban slum communities; pain; spatial epidemiology, theory, and methods; climate change and infectious diseases. He also researches biomedical ethics, the health consequences of disasters and undergraduate education in public health and epidemiology.
- David Montgomery
Earth and Space Sciences
Prof. Montgomery teaches courses on rivers, beaches, and geomorphology.
He researches the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His published work includes studies of the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges (Cascades, Andes, and Himalaya), and the analysis of digital topography.
- Jennifer Otten
Prof. Otten researches the impacts of public health policy, specifically nutrition and built environment policy, on health behavior change and obesity prevention and reduction. She considers the efficacy and evaluation of public health policies, the effects of political psychology and political attention on communicating and spreading public health policy, and obesity and behavioral weight management
- Julia Parrish
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Prof. Parrish’s research typically focuses on animal aggregation, seabird ecology, or marine conservation.
She also is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity in the College of the Environment. It is through this appointment that she has worked to bring the critical mass of food-related studies and programs at the UW together through Food at UW, and the new Food Studies minor.
- Devon G. Peña
Prof. Peña teaches courses on anthropology, the environment, food, and Chicano studies.
His research focuses on agroecology, environmental justice, environmental history and ecological politics, social movements, transborder communities and transnationalism, and complexity theory in ecosystem sciences.
- Judy Ramey
Human Centered Design and Engineering
Dr. Ramey is currently the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. Her research considers usability research methods at work, and in her free time she focuses on food. After taking a cooking class, she became more interested in what we eat and where it comes from. Now, she has a greater appreciation for her food, and she writes a blog, Eat the Best Food in the World.
- Sarah Reichard
School of Forest Resources
Prof. Reichard teaches courses on invasive species, restoration ecology, and plant recognition.
Her research focuses on biological invasion and rare plant species including the impact of anthropogenic disturbance. She also serves as the Director of the UW Botanical Gardens.
- Michael Rosenfeld
Dr. Rosenfeld studies nutrition and cardiovascular disease, the role of nutrition in regulation of gene expression, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, and the pathology of atherosclerosis. His current focus is on the accelerated vascular disease associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Rosenfeld also studies the roles of air pollution exposure and respiratory infection on atherosclerosis.
- Jennifer Ruesink
Prof. Ruesink teaches courses in biology.
Her current research concerns are: thresholds in species interactions, introduced species, energy sources supporting estuarine productivity.
- Clare Ryan
Environmental and Forest Resources
Prof. Ryan is the Director of the UW Program on the Environment, which administers the Environmental Studies degree.
Her research focuses on three areas of applied natural resource science and policy: 1) policy implementation – particularly water; 2) integrating science into policy and management; and 3) collaboration and conflict management.
- Bettina Shell-Duncan
Prof. Shell-Duncan’s research interests include nutritional anthropology, disease ecology, evolutionary medicine, maternal and child health, female genital cutting, integrated qualitative and quantitative study of medical anthropology and global health, field studies in Kenya, Senegal and The Gambia.
- Chris Simpson
Prof. Simpson’s research interests involve the application of analytical chemistry to the development of techniques for assessment of exposure to toxic chemicals, and to investigate occupational and environmental exposures. He conducts studies to develop sampling and analysis methods for environmental samples, to provide accurate external exposure measures to validate the biomarkers. He is also interested in providing new insights into the role of metabolic phenotype and environmental factors in modifying cancer risk.
- Katherine Stovel
Prof. Stovel studies social networks (method and theory); economic organization; career structures; HIV/AIDS; and simulation studies. She is particularly interested in how basic principles of social interaction are expressed in specific historical or cultural contexts, and why these expressions may result in new institutional arrangements or identities for individuals.
- Liz Van Volkenburgh
Prof. Van Volkenburgh teaches courses on plant biology, physiology, and behavior.
The focus of her research is the physiological mechanisms cells use to regulate cell expansion and growth of leaves. Her lab uses a variety of plants and behaviors, from expansion of individual leaves of Arabidopsis, pea and tobacco, to development and posture of corn leaves. The lab is interested in asking how plants ‘behave’ in response to their environment.
- Anne Vernez Moudon
Urban Design and Planning
Prof. Moudon’s teaches courses on pedestrian travel and urban form. Her courses focus on how the urban environment affects health and well-being.
Her research focuses on urban form analysis, land monitoring, neighborhood and street design, and non-motorized transportation.
- Beth Wheat
Program on the Environment
Beth teaches courses on urban farming, including the Farm Lunch Series and has taught introductory courses in Environmental Studies. She is one of the key players at the UW Farm.
- Ekin Yasin
Ekin Yasin teaches courses in international media. She is interested in creating courses that think and talk about culture and international relations through the lens of food cultures. She co-founded a food-based social networking website, Gourmates.com and organized various food events in New York City before she re-located to Seattle. She writes about food and consults on food based digital media projects in Turkey. She is a home-cook who tries new recipes from around the world each week. Her favorite food is a Bosnian borek.
- Ken Yocom
Prof. Yocom teaches courses in Landscape Architecture with emphasis on ecological design.
His research interest explores the relationships – ecologies – of natural and socio-economic processes that form and sustain the patterns of our urban environments. He views the activities of the allied design professions as catalysts for identifying, understanding, designing, and managing the inherent potential found within our built environments.