Food activist Raj Patel joins LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT

rajpatelOne of the most noted names in food activism is now a research professor at the University of Texas.

Raj Patel, who has been a featured speaker during Edible Austin’s Eat Drink Local Week, has joined the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, as of this semester.

Patel is best known for his research on and advocacy for social justice and the food system, as well as genetically modified crops, poverty, democracy and other issues that would fall under the “public affairs” umbrella of the LBJ School.

He has degrees from University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, and his most recent books are “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System” and “The Value of Nothing.”

For the past few years, Patel has been working on a documentary and book project called “Generation Food” with director Steve James.

From the LBJ School:

“Raj will be engaged in a combination of teaching, research, and documentary film making.  He will be teaching a few graduate courses on food policy here at the LBJ School over the next three years, as well as a couple of large undergraduate courses across campus.  His presence on our faculty greatly strengthens the breadth and depth of the LBJ School’s profile in international development studies and, indeed, that of the University as a whole. Raj’s role as a prominent public intellectual extends the reach of our teaching and research to key opinion leaders in the United States and around the world. “

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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