Editorial Team


Laura Witzling

Dr. Laura Witzling, consultant to the Farmers Market Coalition

Laura Witzling has been conducting research at the intersection of communication and food systems for over a decade. She is currently working on projects related to increasing interest in and access to farmers markets. Her interest in food systems research began as an M.S. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied strategies for communicating about soil lead risks with urban gardeners (which she published in JAFSCD). Her Ph.D. in mass communications is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked on a range of agricultural communication projects, including those about farmers markets and community supported agriculture. As an assistant professor at Iowa State University, she worked with partners to evaluate outreach strategies for agricultural conservation practices.

Jacob Park

Dr. Jacob Park, Castleton University

Jacob Park is an associate professor, College of Business, Castleton University (USA) and visiting professor, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Johannesburg (South Africa). He specializes in the social and environmental dimensions of innovation, entrepreneurship, and international business, with special expertise and focus on energy, climate change, and food system issues in emerging and developing economies in the Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Caribbean islands regions. He is also  IUCN World Conservation Union/Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy's thematic chair of business, best practice, and accountability, and has served as the coordinating lead author of the UN Environment Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Report, lead author for the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and as an expert reviewer for a number of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publications, including the Sixth Assessment Report.


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Duncan Hilchey, Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

Duncan Hilchey is co-director of the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, which publishes JAFSCD, in Ithaca, New York. Duncan was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. His degrees are in Agricultural Education (University of New Hampshire) and City and Regional Planning (Cornell University). Duncan worked for many years at Cornell University in the departments of Agricultural Economics and Development Sociology. In 2009 he left Cornell as a senior extension associate in the Community and Regional Development Institute to launch JAFSCD with his wife and managing editor Amy Christian. In 2015 Duncan founded the North American Food Systems Network. He completed a Fulbright specialist project in France in 2019, evaluating a strategic business planning program for agri-food supply chains. He is currently developing a North American version of the French program, called Agri-food Cluster Resilience and Expansion (ACRE), and is researching the concept of agricultural heritage areas based on his previous research funded by the National Geographic Society.


Amy Christian

Amy Christian, Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

Amy Christian is co-director of the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, which publishes JAFSCD, in Ithaca, New York. Growing up in New Hampshire, she helped her father produce maple syrup every spring. She attended Wellesley College and then transferred to Cornell University, where she graduated with a B.S. in human service planning. She provided computer support and editing and production of publications as a staff member of two Fortune 500 companies and a national nonprofit housing organization. She then transitioned to a freelance business, editing and producing materials on affordable homeownership. A particularly rewarding project was helping with a new housing counseling curriculum to guide residents of the Gulf region following Hurricane Katrina. As managing editor of JASFCD, she oversees the copy-editing of all articles, manages its websites, works on marketing and social media, and more.


John Ikerd


John Ikerd is professor emeritus of agricultural economics, University of Missouri, Columbia. He was raised on a small farm and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry prior to his 30-years academic career at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri. Since retiring in 2000, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues of sustainability. Ikerd is author of six books and numerous professional papers, which are accessible at his University of Missouri websitepage and personal website.


Dr. Jelili Adebiyi

Dr. Jelili Adebiyi, Northern Michigan University (AE of Sustainable Production)

Dr. Jelili Adebiyi is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner who draws on systems thinking, mixed methods, and participatory approaches to model and understand decision-making, inform policy formulation, and to advance solutions to messy and complex agrifood, environmental, climate, energy, and socio-ecological problems. Dr Adebiyi’s scholarship also seeks to close research-extension loop. Dr. Adebiyi’ past research includes a Bill-Gate Foundation funded-research project and work with United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) and stakeholders in Africa. Dr. Adebiyi is currently co-leading a research project, which is assessing buyer requirements for produce safety standards in the United States, and another project, which is exploring the risk of Listeria contamination during apple storage. 

Catherine Campbell

Dr. Catherine Campbell, University of Florida (AE of Equitable Food Access and Availability)

Catherine Campbell, PhD, MPH, is assistant professor and extension specialist of community food systems in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). She conducts social science research on food systems to support community health, sustainability, equity, and resilience. Her research focuses on understanding the behavior, motivation, and decision-making of food systems stakeholders—including producers, consumers, and local governments—with a special focus on urban food systems.

Ye Su

Dr. Ye Su, Lincoln University of Missouri (AE of Local and Regional Value Chains)

Dr. Ye Su has been an assistant professor in agribusiness at Lincoln University of Missouri since June 2020. She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in 2016. Her current research focuses on consumer preference for Missouri local food and Missouri Grown products, producers’ challenges and barriers to participating in the local food market, and the supply chain of the local food system. She is also interested in community development, especially low-income regions, providing services and support to socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers regarding pricing, marketing, and risk management.

Megan Mucioki

Dr. Megan Mucioki, Social Science Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University (AE of Food Sovereignty)

Megan Mucioki is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in environmental studies, plant science, and ethnoecology. She is now an assistant research professor at the Social Science Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. Using community-based participatory research methods, Megan has partnered with communities and a range of stakeholders to address applied challenges, such as food security and sovereignty, sustainability, and environmental change, which are increasingly compromising the well-being of vulnerable populations closely tied to natural environments. Over the past decade she has worked with a range of communities in the U.S., Canada, and East Africa. Her most recent work looks at the impacts of environmental change on Indigenous food systems and culturally significant plant species in the Klamath River Basin and coastal, sub-arctic Alaska.


Tricia JenkinsDr. Tricia Jenkins, Kansas State University (Chair of O&E Circle)

Tricia has a Ph.D. in horticulture and a graduate certificate in urban food systems from Kansas State University. Her doctoral work focused on the postharvest quality and nutrition of locally grown tomatoes. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Urban Food System Master’s Specialization Program at Kansas State University. In this role, Tricia teaches M.S. food systems courses, coordinates a farming apprenticeship extension program, and conducts research as part of a team of multidisciplinary food system faculty. Her research interests include sustainable urban food production and distribution, the multifunctionality of urban agriculture, and food system sustainability assessment.

Elizabeth Dean

Elizabeth Dean, Duluth, Minnesota (Associate Editor of Social Media)

Elizabeth is a voraciously curious and compassionate advocate who believes that equity and advocacy are fundamental for long-term change, and that in order for us to build a just and meaningful food system we must first confront the systemic oppression, exclusion, and exploitation of our modern neoliberal paradigm. Elizabeth received her master's in food policy from the University of London and is now a food sovereignty educator who teaches Sustainability and Ethics in Duluth, MN.

Ani Steele

Ani Steele, History Colorado (Associate Editor of JAFSCD quarterly webinars)

Ani  worked for 7 years as a social worker before entering the food studies world. Her interests lie in the intersections of food studies, history, culture, and people of color. She currently lives in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, and works full-time at the History Colorado Center as its public programs and events manager. She finds purpose in connecting the academic world with the everyday person, looking to do this through webinars or developing historical, food, or cultural tours. She believes that one of the best ways to engage with each other and our cultures is through an engaging and interactive way. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, hiking, boxing, and spending quality time with TV subscription platforms. 


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Bryan Sobel, Senior Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future 

He brings diverse experience as a systems practitioner in program implementation, production agriculture, research, and extension. While working on his Masters at Cornell University he focused on the connection between public health messaging and small farm enterprise viability. Bryan came to the Center for a Livable Future after nearly a decade working in International Development program implementation including long-term stints in Haiti, Senegal, and Bangladesh. His work has focused on public health impacts of food systems including food safety, integrated pest management, innovative communication technologies, micronutrients, and agroecology. 

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Manoj Sharma

Manoj received his BSc degree in Agriculture Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, in 2017. He recently graduated with M.Sc. (Agricultural Economics) from the Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal, in 2020. His research interests are mainly focused in the areas of value chain development, poverty alleviation, and food security. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, International Journal of Applied Science and Biotechnology, and Acta Scientific Agriculture.

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Dr. Mapuana Antonio, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Dr. Mapuana Antonio is a Native Hawaiian Assistant Professor, with a joint position in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health at the Office of Public Health Studies and in Human Nutrition at the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences. Dr. Mapuana’s research interests include the general health and resilience of Native Hawaiians, determinants of health of Native Hawaiians and Indigenous Peoples, community-based participatory research, and chronic disease prevention (including obesity and diabetes prevention).


Dr. Matthew Hoffman

Dr. Matthew Hoffman, College of Agriculture and Rural Development (Norway)

Matthew Hoffman received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Maine, where he teaches food systems–related courses. Previously, Hoffman was a visiting scholar at the Norwegian Centre for Rural Research and a faculty member in the Food Studies Program at New York University. His research focuses on property rights, natural resource governance, and strategies for collaborative decision-making in landscapes fragmented by private property.  

Steven McCutcheon Rubio

Steven McCutcheon Rubio, Cornell University

Steven is a doctoral student in Development Studies at Cornell University whose work focuses on agrarian change and rural social movements in Latin America. Steven earned an MA in Food Studies–Food Systems from New York University and a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.


Jennier Marshman

Dr. Jennifer Marshman

Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Human Geography with the Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her background as a registered nurse, with specializations in infection prevention and control, and cardiology, allows her to bring a truly interdisciplinary lens to her research in inclusive and sustainable food systems. Jennifer has undertaken community-based, participatory, action-oriented research in Canada and China. Her doctoral work studies food systems through the interconnections between people and the rest of nature through a multispecies urban political ecology lens. Jennifer animates a whole-of-community perspective from her doctoral research to her teaching and community engagement, with an emphasis on foregrounding radical alternatives to existing neoliberal food systems and social processes.

 Keith Williams

Dr. Keith Williams, First Nations Technical Institute (Canada)

Keith is the Director of Research and Social Innovation at First Nations Technical Institute, a postsecondary institution located on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in southern Ontario, Canada. Keith has family roots in Tyendinaga and has a Ph.D. (Educational Studies) at St. Francis Xavier University. Keith is interested in rediscovering a kind of continental citizenship by cultivating intimate intrapersonal relationships with the food and medicine plants of Turtle Island.


Dr. Paivi Abernethy

Dr. Paivi Abernethy, University of Victoria (Canada)

Paivi Abernethy is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, BC, Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and a Climate Change & Health Specialist with the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada. She has been working as a practitioner and researcher on food systems as part of sustainable healthy community development with Indigenous and rural communities since 2005. Paivi has master's degrees in social and natural sciences from the universities of Lancaster, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark. She also has years of experience working as a scientist and as a public health practitioner. Paivi's Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability (University of Waterloo) focused on bridging different ways of knowing and integrating health and sustainability for better policy development and decision-making. Paivi has been supporting the JAFSCD team in various roles since 2010.

Stacey Foster

Stacey Foster, Pine Technical & Community College

Stacey Foster has been an English instructor at Pine Technical & Community College within the MinnState System in Minnesota since 2008. Her areas of teaching include entry-level and advanced college writing, technical writing, literature, creative writing, and college readiness. In other roles, she has edited graduate-level theses, undergraduate student writing, and creative writing. She is a published poet and writer of creative nonfiction. In addition, she is a self-defined environmental advocate who utilizes her teaching platform as a way to spread consciousness. She volunteers with environmental organizations such as the Women’s Environmental Institute, Farm Table Foundation, and the Natural Heritage Project; for the latter two, she has written awarded grants. She participates in many professional development events, such as writing and environmentally focused conferences and courses. Her passion for living within awareness also comes through in her organic gardening, influenced by permaculture design and biodynamic growing.    


Numbering over 150, JAFSCD reviewers include scholars, researchers, graduate students, and academic and nonprofit organization staffers from around the world. All are dedicated to helping us cultivate and reap our four-season crop of high-quality applied research. To qualify as a reviewer, they must have expertise or experience in one or more of the food system domains: production, distribution, and consumption. See our roster of JAFSCD reviewers.


Our work/study students and interns have skills and enthusiasm that benefit the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems and JAFSCD. We very much appreciate the time and energy they've shared with us.

Lisa Quainoo, Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022–2023 Work/Study Student

Shayla Sanchez, Summer 2021 Work/Study Student

Gretchen Burmeister, Spring 2020 through Spring 2022 Work/Study Student

Ryan Stasolla, 2018–19, Fall 2019, Summer 2020, and 2020-21 Work/Study Student

Andrés Sánchez, Summer 2019, 2019-20, Summer 2020, and 2020-21 Work/Study Student

Emily Desmond, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and 2020-21 Work/Study Student

Javier Ramirez, 2018–19, 2019-20, and Summer 2020 Work/Study Student

Michelle Shin, 2015–19 Work/Study Student

Michelle Shin is in the class of 2019 at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Biology and Society with a concentration in environmental justice. Having lived next to Milwaukee, Wisconsin—the most segregated city in the U.S.—for most of her life, she has become very interested in social justice, food systems, and sustainability. She feels honored to be able to work with the Lyson Center and JAFSCD to help address these problems. Michelle fact-checks paper references, writes briefs, and assists with other editorial work.

Anna Delwiche, 2018–19 Work/Study Student

Anna Delwiche is a member of the class of 2019 at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Government, French, and Classics. A proud Baltimore native, she is interested in issues of social justice and plans to pursue a career in public policy in the future. She is excited to work for the Lyson Center and JAFSCD and explain her knowledge of food systems and sustainability. She assists with checking references and other editorial work. 

Anna Ravenelle, 2015-16 and 2016-17 Work/Study Student

Anna Ravenelle is an English major in the class of 2017 at Cornell University. She has always been passionate about social justice, but working with the Lyson Center has instilled in her a particular interest in food-system issues. She copy-edits paper submissions for JAFSCD and assists with other editorial work as needed.

Michael Glanzel, 2016-17 Work/Study Student

Michael Glanzel is a Cornell University junior majoring in Government and History in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is interested in federal and state policy revolving around issues of food production and distribution. He assists JAFSCD with editorial submissions and database organization.

Carolyn Pascale, 2016 Work/Study Student

Carrie Pascale is a Cornell University junior majoring in Spanish. She is interested in social science research, and has recently become invested in food issues and intersectional social justice issues. She assists JAFSCD with editing submissions and writing briefs, and also manages the journal's social media presence.

Shreya Mathur, 2014–15 Work/Study Student

Shreya is a Cornell University freshman planning to major in Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is enthusiastic about food sciences research and its use for public service. She has worked in university laboratories and is co-author of two peer-reviewed papers. She is assisting with fact-checking paper references, writing briefs, and other editorial work.

Sonia Banegas, Spring 2014 Work/Study Student

Sonia, Cornell class of 2015, received a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her most recent experience was working in the office of the Bronx Borough President in New York City as a policy and communication intern. She also served as an intern for the NYC Law Department in Bronx Family Court. Sonia helped JAFSCD with the production process by reviewing reference lists of accepted papers and by preparing research and policy briefs for selected papers.

Tracy Lerman, 2013–14 Volunteer Writer

Tracy is a sustainable food systems advocate, researcher, and writer. She recently completed a master's degree in Community Development from UC Davis, where her research focused on local and regional food system development and small farm viability. She has worked in sustainable agriculture and food systems policy advocacy since 2003, at the Organic Farming Research Foundation and other California-based nonprofits. She is based out of New York's Hudson Valley, where her husband is the farm manager at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. She helped to extend JAFSCD's usefulness to practitioners and policy-makers by writing research and policy briefs for selected papers.

Brian Endo, Spring 2014 Work/Study Student

Brian Endo is in the class of 2016 at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and Life Science's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Interested in entrepreneurship, he co-founded TauntSF, a clothing company in San Francisco, and Avansa Inc., a nonprofit that helps underprivileged students get the same opportunities as any other students. Since arriving at Cornell from his hometown of Fremont, California, he has developed an energy-saving plan that could save Cornell $1,800 annually and served as a research assistant. He participates in several investments-related clubs, the Cornell Filipino Association, and Cornell Poker Club. He assisted JAFSCD with web research and website optimization.

Jack Hilchey, Summers 2012 and 2013 Intern

Jack graduated in the class of 2015 from Emory University in Atlanta, with a major in visual arts and minor in architectural studies. In 2020 he graduated with a masters in architecture from Rice University in Houston. With excellent writing and editing skills, Jack has proof-read papers and helped those not written by native English speakers to be more clear and polished. He has also done web-based research and database work for the Journal.

Tomas Möller-Holtkamp, Summer 2012 Intern

A native of Chile, Tomas received a master's in regional planning (MRP) with a concentration in community and economic development at Cornell University through a Fulbright scholarship. He has a personal interest in food systems growing out of his family's agricultural background; his father runs a food distribution firm in Santiago. Tomas spent his JAFSCD internship greatly extending the usefulness of our proprietary Progressive Ag Rankings by converting the data to the mapping system StatSilk. Now renamed the Progressive Agriculture Data Analyst, it allows an amazing level of user manipulation to show progressive ag indices for county, state, regional, and user-defined areas.
Cover of volume 6, issue 4 (summer 2016) with staff of The Common Market.

On the cover of our summer 2016 issue, The Common Market Mid-Atlantic team packs orders for the region’s institutional market. Photo courtesy of The Common Market.