October Faculty Spotlight

A pioneer of sustainable food systems scholarship, Harriet Friedmann has been researching, teaching, and writing about food systems since the 1970s.  She was an early member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and has taught for over 40 years in […]

November Faculty Spotlight: Julia Wolfson

As a former professional chef in fine dining restaurants, Dr. Julia Wolfson (SPH) studies how food preparation, eating behaviors, and policy affect diet and health. Dr. Wolfson’s recent study about sodium in restaurant meals made headlines. Julia Wolfson | Assistant […]

April Faculty Spotlight: Meha Jain

A lover of fresh lychees and satellite imagery, Meha Jain is the fifth and most recent addition to the University’s Sustainable Food Systems cluster hire. Based at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, her innovative work uses satellite imagery […]

February Faculty Spotlight: Catherine Badgley

Catherine Badgley is a member of the advisory board of the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and perhaps most well known for the seminal article she co-authored about Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply.  She is a vertebrate paleontologist, ecologist, […]

November Faculty Spotlight: Joe Trumpey

Growing plants and animals is the cornerstone of Joe Trumpey’s creative practice. His passion for the environment and innovation drives his teaching methodology and focus on design that is less reliant on fossil fuel. Joe Trumpey | Associate Professor of […]

September Faculty Spotlight: Alicia Alvarez

Influenced by “rebellious lawyering”, UM Law Professor Alicia Alvarez considers what justice means at all levels of the food system. Her clinic works with diverse client groups such as an urban farm, a farmer’s market, and a group that represents […]

August Faculty Spotlight: John Vandermeer

A lifelong activist, Dr. John Vandermeer has inspired hundreds of students to critically question the world around them. His empathy and solidarity with the oppressed has drawn him to work with groups such as the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Science […]

March Faculty Spotlight: Margot Finn

Margot Finn | Lecturer, University Courses Division When she isn’t teaching, Dr. Margot Finn can be found watching movies and reading IMDb. This isn’t your usual binge-watch—she analyzes mass media text in order to understand the U.S. food movement from […]

February Faculty Spotlight: Lesli Hoey

Lesli Hoey | Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning & Sustainable Food Systems cluster hire Dr. Lesli Hoey has a boundless energy and appetite for change that permeates her personal and professional life. As a dual citizen of Bolivia […]

January Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones | Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Human Nutrition & Sustainable Food Systems cluster hire Dr. Andrew Jones has held many titles–geographer, filmmaker, pie-eating champ, researcher, professor, and now dad. Before the holidays, he took […]