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Antonio Bacelar da Silva's picture
Antonio Bacelar da Silva
Assistant Professor, Center for Latin American Studies & Affiliated Assistant Professor, School of Anthropology
Email: ajbsilva@email.arizona.edu

I teach LAS 230 Latin America: Food and Culture, which explores how food makes up a significant part of the culture, binding people together into national communities. Based on the premise that food is central to cross-cultural studies of behavior, thought, and symbolism, the course explores the connections between what people in Latin America eat and who they are through cross-cultural study of Latin Americans’ food production, preparation, and consumption. Readings are organized around ...

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Greg Barron-Gafford
Associate Professor & Associate Director School of Geography & Development
Email: gregbg@email.arizona.edu
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Laurel Bellante
Assistant Director, Center for Regional Food Studies
Email: bellante@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-0355
Office: ENR2 S-559

Laurel Bellante, Ph.D., is assistant director of the B.A. in Food Studies and the Center for Regional Food Studies (CRFS) at the University of Arizona. She is a human-environment geographer specializing in food justice, global environmental change, sustainable food systems, and agrarian questions in both the United States and Mexico. In her role, Bellante oversees curriculum development and engagement opportunities for the Food Studies degree. She teaches several courses in...

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Alissa Bilfield
Lecturer, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
Email: abilfield@email.arizona.edu
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Stephanie Buechler
Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy
Email: buechler@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona. Dr. Buechler is an ambassador for Oxfam’s ‘Sister on the Planet’ gender and development initiative, and a former gender researcher for the International Water Management Institute. Dr. Buechler teaches and mentors students in the Master’s in Development Practice program housed within the School of Geography and Development at the...

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Megan Carney
Director, Center for Regional Food Studies
Email: mcarney@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-2585
Office: Emil W. Haury Anth. Bldg. Room 318

Megan A. Carney is Assistant Professor in the School of Anthropology and the Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies. She is the author of the award-winning book The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders (University of California Press, 2015) based on ethnographic fieldwork that she conducted from 2008-2011 with Mexican and Central American migrant women in Santa Barbara, California, a region with a deep history of seasonal labor migration and...

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Jerome Dotson
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Program
Email: jkdotson@email.arizona.edu

Jerome Dotson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history and an M.A. in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests focus on the African American history, Southern food ways, hip hop, and folklore. Currently, he is working on a book-length manuscript, which is tentatively titled Contested Consumption: Race, Eating and Body Politics, 1830-1990. This work explores the cultural...

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Debbie Feehs
Program Coordinator
Email: dfeehs@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-4309
Office: ENR 2 S-558

Debbie Feehs graduated from the University of Arizona in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in English. Debbie is the Program Coordinator for growing centers, initiatives, and programs within the SBS Dean’s office including;The Center for Compassion Studies, The Center for Regional Food Studies, Food Studies Degree, UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, and Human Rights Practice Degree and Certificate Program.

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Timothy Finan
Research Anthropologist, Professor, School of Anthropology, Professor, Arid Lands Resources Sciences - GIDP, & Professor, Global Change - GIDP
Email: finan@email.arizona.edu

I have been engaged in food security studies in 30 countries around the world in which the three basic elements of food security:  availability, access, and utlization have been the analytical focus.  The majority of this research has been conducted at both the household level and at the policy level."  An example of this work has been my assessments of school feeding programs for the World Food Programme in Kenya, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Zambia, and Uganda, as well as...

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John Glennon
General Manager, Food Conspiracy Co-op
Email: gm@foodconspiracy.coop

John Glennon is General Manager of the Food Conspiracy Co-op on Historical 4th Avenue and has been involved in the cooperative food movement in Southern Arizona for 5 years. John earned his MA in applied anthropology at Northern Arizona University and his BA in anthropology at the University of Arizona. 

 

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Don Guerra
Owner, Founder, Baker-Barrio Bread
Email: don@barriobread.com

Don is an internationally recognized baker, educator, and advocate for local food systems and the production and preservation of heritage grains. He has become an integral part of a collaboration between farmers, millers, bakers, and seed savers working to bring native and heritage grains back to southern Arizona farms and tables. As farmers have learned how to grow heritage grains and millers learned how to process it, Guerra has had to figure...

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Benjamin Lawrance
Professor of African History
Email: benlaw@email.arizona.edu

My research concerns the use of child labor in cocoa plantations, and related labor movements, including human trafficking patterns in West Africa. I have also published on how local foods move around the world and become global via their adoption and adaptation into recipes, restaurant menus, and cuisines. 

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Jonathan Mabry
UNESCO Focal Point and President, Tucson City of Gastronomy
Email: jonathanbmabry@email.arizona.edu

Jonathan Mabry, Ph.D. is Director of Community Engagement for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. His archaeological investigations have documented Tucson’s 4,000-year continuous habitation, indigenous subsistence adaptations, and the transition to agriculture and village life in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands during prehistory. He was an early leader in the local and heritage foods movements in southern Arizona, and co-author with Gary...

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Matthew Mars
Assistant Professor, Agricultural Leadership and Innovation, and Director of Graduate Studies
Email: mmars@email.arizona.edu

Matthew Mars, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor (Agricultural Leadership and Innovation) and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Agricultural Education in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A heavy focus of Matt’s current research agenda are the entrepreneurial strategies for developing and scaling the production aspects of local food systems, which include ongoing studies of the Southern Arizona and Albuquerque/Santa Fe local food systems. His research on this topic...

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Sallie Martson
Professor and Director, UA Community and School Garden Program
Email: marston@email.arizona.edu

My aim in teaching the community and school garden workshop course is to link UA students to the low-income neighborhoods and schools where they might learn to support support community empowerment around gardens.  I one area of my research I ask the what can a garden do? This query is premised on the belief that gardens possess the potential to address in part the effects of structural inequality on being and learning as well as build new forms of collective action to undermine it.

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Daniel McDonald
Interim Director of the Norton School or Family and Consumer Sciences/Director, Pima County Cooperative Extension
Email: mcdonald@email.arizona.edu

Dr. McDonald is a University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Faculty member, a Regional Specialist with the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, an Area Agent for Southern Arizona, and the director of Pima County Cooperative Extension. He has worked in Extension for 17 years, designing, implementing, and evaluating community programs. Dr. McDonald began his career in Extension as the Evaluation Specialist for the Arizona Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) project and...

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Veronica Mullins
Assistant Professor of Practice
Email: vamullins@email.arizona.edu
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Robert Ojeda
Chief Programs Officer, Community Food Bank
Email: rojeda@communityfoodbank.org

Robert Ojeda was born and raised in Arequipa, Peru, where he grew up farming at his family’s farm. He joined the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFBSA) in 2010, where he is currently Chief Program Officer. In his role, Robert oversees the CFBSA’s programmatic initiatives including hunger relief, and community health, education, and development. Robert has a master's degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development and a Ph. D. in Adult and Extension Education from Cornell...

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Rani Olson
Assistant Professor of Practice, Director Nutrition and Food Systems Degree Program
Email: ranio@email.arizona.edu

Rani has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz where she studied race and class disparities, nationally, and those relating specifically to environmental stressors and diseases affecting urban youth.  She spent the following years in the culinary arts and on local farms in the south, eventually moving to the southwest to study the complex relationships between our built environment, community vitality, equity, and our food system.  Rani...

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Mike Peel
Southern Arizona Director | Local First Arizona & Local First Arizona Foundation
Email: mike@localfirstaz.com

Michael Peel is the Southern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona and Local First Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for managing LFA operations, membership, and programs in Tucson and the encompassing region. He has spent his career working on creative community partnership efforts and creating long-lasting programs responsive to community issues such as sustainability and nonprofit capacity building. He is a dedicated localist and loves spending time at some of his favorite...

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Ivy Pike
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Email: ilpike@email.arizona.edu
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Tristan Reader
Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of American Indian Studies and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
Email: treader@email.arizona.edu
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Joshua Schlachet
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
Email: jschlachet@email.arizona.edu

I am a historian of early modern and modern Japan, specializing in the cultural history of food and nourishment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My current project, “Nourishing Life: Diet, Body, and Society in Early Modern Japan (1600-1868)” examines the emergence of dietary “common knowledge” as new practical guidebooks circulating among ordinary readers expanded the concept of a well-nourished body to encompass economic productivity, status hierarchy, and moral cultivation. My...

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Kathleen Schwartzman
Professor, Sociology
Email: kcs@email.arizona.edu

My research and teaching focus on the role of food imports and exports in development and dependency of lesser developed nations. In essence, I do the political economy of food from a world-system perspective. I have written about Portugal, Cuba, Mexico, and Brazil, and my most recent work focuses on poultry and garlic.  

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Patricia Sparks
Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Email: psparks@email.arizona.edu

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Cynthia Thomson
Health Promotion Sciences
Email: cthomson@email.arizona.edu
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Jeremy Vetter
Associate Professor of History & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: jvetter@email.arizona.edu

In addition to teaching a course on Food, Health, and Environment in History, I also have a major research project in progress on the history of food and agriculture on the Great Plains before the Dust Bowl. In my previous work, I have published articles or given conference presentations on the history of agricultural experiment stations on the Great Plains, the history of soil science, the early development of the science of range grasses (agrostology), and the recent history of organic...

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Anna Walsh
Business Manager
Email: walsha@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-6684

Anna Walsh graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior. She has many years of experience in financial management and human resources both in the publishing industry and in Student Affairs at the University of Washington, Bothell prior to joining the University of Arizona. Anna is the Business Manager for the SBS centers, initiatives and programs and a member of the Dean’s office business team.

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