Occidental faculty members do impressive work in their fields regarding food. From scientific research to books about social movements, Oxy has a wide range of involvement.
Clinton Chapman, Psychology, conducts research on the relationship between anxiety, fear, and eating.
Alexa Delwiche, Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP), has worked as a food policy coordinator for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, a sustainable agriculture consultant for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and a researcher for United Farm Workers. She also co-authored a chapter titled “Cheap Food: Workers Pay the Price” featured in the book Food Inc. and taught one of Oxy's food justice classes.
Nancy Dess, Psychology, conducts research on emotions and eating disorders.
Lynn Dumenil, History, teaches a class on modern U.S. Food Policy.
Robert Gottlieb, UEP, advises UEP 246/247, a student-led class on good food practices. He has taught classes on food justice and a number of food justice-related Cultural Studies Program seminars (CSP). He is the author of a book on food justice and the co-founder of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, among other notable achievements.
David Kasunic, Music, teaches a class on music and food that examines the correlation of music and dining from the 16th century to the present. He is also a co-instructor of the food-focused CSP seminar, Culture of Food.
John Lang, Sociology, teaches Sociology of Food, Restaurant Culture (CSP seminar), and co-instructs Culture of Food (CSP seminar). John is deeply interested in food as a site for sociological exploration. His research, found in highly-regarded academic journals, involves the relationship between food, risk, trust, consumers, and consumption. See his list of publications, presentations, or full curriculum vitae for more information.
Carmel Levitan, Cognitive Science, researches the influences of visual, auditory, and cognitive cues on flavor. She is also a co-instructor of the food-focused CSP seminar, Culture of Food.
Zoë Phillips, UEP, is the Farm to Preschool Program manager at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI). She also worked as a health educator at the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and taught a class at Oxy on food justice.
Eric Sternlicht, Kinesiology, is interested in the nutritional needs of the body. He has taught a Kinesiology class on Diet, Disease and Exercise and a CSP seminar on Nutrition and Disease at Oxy.
Jeffrey Tobin, Critical Theory and Social Justice, has researched the cultural expressions of Argentine masculinity, partially through the study of Argentinian Barbecue, asado.
Mark Vallianatos, UEP, is an author of publications on food access and is involved with UEPI’s food justice section. He has also taught UEP 246/247 on food and environmental problem solving and helped students research the feasibility of an Occidental Food Truck.