Dr. Erin Lentz on Gender and Nutrition


LBJ professor and CHASP faculty fellow, Dr. Erin Lentz, recently published an op-ed on hunger and domestic violence in Bangladesh that was featured in The Hill. In this piece, titled In the fight against hunger, why don’t we prioritize women?, Lentz examines if – in the public conversation around hunger – we are asking and prioritizing the right questions, and she also suggests that the key to ending hunger may not lie with food alone, but also with the well-being of women.

At the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Lentz studies food insecurity and related policy issues with both domestic and international lenses. She is currently pursuing two parallel research agendas. First, she examines issues of food insecurity, U.S. and international food aid and assistance policies, and response analysis – the portion of the programming cycle in which an agency identifies what transfer to distribute (cash, food, or vouchers). Second, she studies the relationships among subjective wellbeing, community attributes, relative deprivation, and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, Lentz taught a Policy Research Project (PRP) with colleague Raj Patel centered on building the City of Austin’s first Food System Strategic Plan.

Lentz received a Fulbright Fellowship to Bangladesh to research the secondary effects of food aid in local communities. She has worked or consulted with CARE, the United Nations World Food Program, and numerous other international NGOs on markets, food security and food assistance programs. Over the past decade, she has published extensively on these issues in both academic and policy venues. In addition to her latest op-ed in The Hill, Lentz has also been in featured in New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio.

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