Duncan Hilchey

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 ChristianAmy 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.


Dr. James FarmerJames Farmer

Dr. James Farmer is a sustainable behavior and decision-making researcher with interests in community food systems and sustainable agriculture. He focuses on microlevel behaviors that affect broader systems, such as farmers’ adoption of organic management practices and consumer participation in local food systems. Farmer directs the IU Campus Farm and convenes the Sustainable Food Systems Science initiative at Indiana University–Bloomington. His interdisciplinary and applied approaches have him collaborating with scholars from biology to anthropology and professionals such as farmers and food advocates.

Keith WilliamsKeith Williams

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 is also a Ph.D. candidate (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 AbernethyPaivi Abernethy

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 masters 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 FosterStacey Foster

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.    

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Lauren ForbesLauren Forbes

Lauren Forbes is a third-year public policy doctoral student at Georgia State University majoring in urban policy. She earned an MPH in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University in 2013, and a B.S in biology from Oregon State University in 2011. Her current research projects include immigrant entrepreneurship in global cities and urban agriculture for sustainable development.  Her research interests include urban agriculture, African American fatherhood, child and family policy, community development, program evaluation, and data visualization.

Dr. Matthew HoffmanMatthew Hoffman

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.  


Dr. Regina BernardRegina Bernard

Dr. Regina A. Bernard was born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.  She holds graduate degrees in African American Studies and Urban Education from Columbia University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Bernard is currently an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Black and Latino/a Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where her courses are particularly focused on race, identity, and community (in)justice. She is the author of Black and Brown Waves: The Cultural Politics of Young Women of Color and Feminism (2009), Nuyorganics: Organic Intellectualism, the Search for Racial Identity, and Nuyorican Thought (2010), and Say it Loud: Black Studies, its Students, and Racialized Collegiate Culture (2014).

Emily PayneEmily Payne

Emily is a writer and editor focusing on food, regenerative agriculture, environment, and health—and how they’re all connected. In addition to nonprofit consulting, she works with agriculture and food-tech startups to build tools that meet farmers’ needs. She’s served as an editor for sustainable food nonprofit Food Tank since 2016.



Kathlee FreemanKathlee Freeman

Kathlee Freeman is a researcher and communicator with a background in food security, anti-hunger and climate change policy, international development, and gender and social inclusion. Her professional experiences range from conducting field work in rural Bangladesh to presenting at the United Nations on the importance of women and girls in science. Kathlee holds an M.S. in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri, where her research focused on the role of information and communication technologies in the adoption patterns of agriculture inputs in Uganda. While at the University of Missouri, she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science, where she studied and mapped rural food insecurity in Missouri.    

Jennifer MarshmanJennifer Marshman

Jennifer Marshman is a Ph.D. candidate 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.


Numbering over 150, JAFSCD reviewers include scholars, researchers, graduates 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.


Dr. Colin R Anderson, Coventry University (UK)

Ms. Laura Brown, University of Connecticut Extension (USA)

Dr. Craig A. Chase, Iowa State University (USA)

Dr. Kate Clancy, Food Systems Consultant; Johns Hopkins University; Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; and Tufts University (USA)

Dr. Nevin Cohen, CUNY School of Public Health (USA)

Dr. David Conner, University of Vermont (USA)

Dr. Cheryl Davida Danley, Food Systems Consultant (USA)

Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell University (USA)

Dr. Cornelia Butler Flora, Iowa State University (USA)

Ms. Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust (USA)

Dr. Gilbert W. Gillespie, Harrisdale Homestead, Atlantic, Iowa (USA)

Ms. Joanna Green, Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming (Retired) (USA)

Mr. R. Bruce Gregory, Mitchell Bay Farm (USA)

Dr. Shermain Hardesty, University of California-Davis (USA)

Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy (USA)

Dr. John Ikerd, University of Missouri (USA)

Ms. Anupama Joshi, Blue Sky Funders Forum (USA)

Dr. Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont (USA)

Dr. Larry Lev, Oregon State University (USA)

Mr. Joseph McIntyre, Ag Innovations Network (USA)

Dr. Shawn McKenzie, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (USA)

Dr. Michael Meth, Florida State University (USA)

Ms. Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Cornell University (USA)

Dr. Kent Mullinix, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Canada)

Dr. Scott J. Peters, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, and Cornell University (USA)

Dr. Rich Pirog, Michigan State University (USA)

Dr. Ken Robinson, Clemson University (USA)

Dr. Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists (USA)

Gwen Short, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University

Dr. John Smithers, University of Guelph (Canada)

Dr. Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University (USA)

Dr. Jennifer Wilkins, Syracuse University (USA)

Dr. Larry Yee, Fairhaven Strategy Group (USA)

Dr. Rami Zurayk, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)


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!


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

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

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

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

Gretchen Burmeister, Spring 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.