In celebrating food system scholarship at The City University of New York (CUNY) this month, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute reached out to faculty, graduate students, and staff who have authored books, articles, book chapters, and other scientific publications in the domain of food systems, from field to fork, in the past year or so. We were not surprised to see the wealth and diversity of contributions that our CUNY community of thinkers, researchers, and academic activists has produced in 2019 and are excited to share them with you in this issue of CUNY Urban Food Policy Monitor.


Alvaro, C. (2019). Ethical veganism, virtue ethics, and the great soul. Rowman & Littlefield.

Alvaro, C. (2020). Raw Veganism: The Philosophy of The Human Diet. Routledge.

Dickinson, M. (2019). Feeding the Crisis: Care and Abandonment in America’s Food Safety Net (Vol. 71). University of California Press.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Ahmed, T., Ilieva, R. T., & Yan, A. (2019). Values analysis within narratives: In the context of food insecure students in community college. SAGE Research Methods Datasets. doi: 10.4135/9781526493798

Alvaro, C. (2019). Is Animal Suffering Really All That Matters? The Move from Suffering to Vegetarianism. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 32(4), 633-645.

Alvaro, C. (2019). Veganism and Children: A Response to Marcus William Hunt. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 32(4), 647-661.

Barata-Cavalcanti, O., Leung, M. M., Costa, S., Mateo, K. F., Guillermin, M., Palmedo, P. C., … & Huang, T. T. K. (2020). Assessing the Collective Impact of Community Health Programs Funded by Food and Beverage Companies: A New Community-Focused Methodology. International quarterly of community health education, 40(2), 75-89.

Bernstein, M. F., Cinnick, S. E., Franzosa, E., Murrman, M. K., & Freudenberg, N. (2019). Rationale and design of distance-based training to persuade local health department employees that addressing social determinants of health is their job, too. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(5), 448-453.

Bryan, A. D., Ginsburg, Z. A., Rubinstein, E. B., Frankel, H. J., Maroko, A. R., Schechter, C. B., … & Lucan, S. C. (2019). Foods and Drinks Available from Urban Food Pantries: Nutritional Quality by Item Type, Sourcing, and Distribution Method. Journal of community health, 44(2), 339-364.

Burt, KG, Burgermaster, M, Paul, R, & D’Allessandro, D, Stopler, M. (2019). New York City fourth graders who receive a climate change curriculum with hydroponic gardening have higher science achievement scores. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, doi: 10.1080/1533015X.2019.1611504

Burt, KG, Kotao, T, Lopez, I, Goldstein, A, Koeppel, J, Samuel, L, and Stopler, M. (2019). Acceptance of using cricket flour as a low carbohydrate, high protein, sustainable substitute for all-purpose flour in muffins. Journal of Culinary Science and Technology, doi: 10.1080/15428052.2018.1563934

Burt, KG, Wang, J, Lindel, N, Burgermaster, M, Fera, J. (2019). A nationwide snapshot of the predictors of and barriers to school garden success. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51(10), 1139-1149.

Cebrecos, A., Escobar, F., Borrell, L. N., Díez, J., Gullón, P., Sureda, X., … & Franco, M. (2019). A multicomponent method assessing healthy cardiovascular urban environments: The Heart Healthy Hoods Index. Health & place, 55, 111-119.

Cohen, N. (2019). Hidden in plain sight: Learning from Chinatown’s produce distribution system. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(4), 1-2.

Cohen, N. (2019). Integrating upstream determinants and downstream food metrics. In A Blay-Palmer et al. (eds.) Sustainable Food System Assessment, Routledge, 216.

Cohen, N. (2019). SNAP at the Community Scale: How Neighborhood Characteristics Affect Participation and Food Access. American Journal of Public Health, 109(12), 1646-1651.

Cohen, N., Chrobok, M., & Caruso, O. (2020). Google-truthing to assess hot spots of food retail change: A repeat cross-sectional Street View of food environments in the Bronx, New York. Health & Place, 102291.

D’Agostino, E. M., & Freudenberg, N. (2019). Population Thinking Instruction in High Schools: a Public Health Intervention with Triple Benefits. Journal of Urban Health, 96(6), 902-911.

Demir, M., Martell, T. F., & Wang, J. (2019). The trilogy of China cotton markets: The lead–lag relationship among spot, forward, and futures markets. Journal of Futures Markets, 39(4), 522-534.

Derose, K. P., Williams, M. V., Branch, C. A., Flórez, K. R., Hawes-Dawson, J., Mata, M. A., … & Wong, E. C. (2019). A Community-Partnered Approach to Developing Church-Based Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities Among African-Americans and Latinos. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities, 6(2), 254-264.

Dickinson, M. (2019). Black agency and food access: leaving the food desert narrative behind: Black food geographies: race, self-reliance and food access in Washington, DC, Ashanté Reese, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 2019, 184 pp., ISBN 978-1-4696-5150-7

DiLorenzo, M. A., Parcesepe, A., Tymejczyk, O., Hoffman, S., Elul, B., Weiser, S. D., … & Nash, D. (2019). Psychosocial Factors Associated with Food Insufficiency Among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) Initiating ART in Ethiopia. AIDS and Behavior, 23(11), 3052-3057.

Freudenberg, N. (2019). The capitalist diet: Energy-dense and profitable. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(1), 1-2.

Freudenberg, N., Goldrick-Rab, S., & Poppendieck, J. (2019). College Students and SNAP: The New Face of Food Insecurity in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 109(12), 1652-1658.

Friant, S. R., Ayambem, W. A., Obaji, A. A., Ifebueme, N. M., Okoi, O. M., Ogar, D. A., … & Rothman, J. M. (2019). Life on the rainforest edge is associated with improved food security in the agriculture-forest frontier of Cross River State, Nigeria. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 3, 113.

Fuster, M., & González, E. (2019). Traditional diets in everyday life: Perspectives from Hispanic Caribbean communities in New York City. Food and Foodways, 27(4), 316-337.

Fuster, M., Guerrero, K., Elbel, B., Ray, K., & Huang, T. T. (2020). Engaging Ethnic Restaurants to Improve Community Nutrition Environments: A Qualitative Study with Hispanic Caribbean Restaurants in New York City. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 1-17.

Gaba, A. and Soliman, G.. (2020, in press) “Congenital Zika Syndrome: Background and Nutrition Care of Affected Infants.” Topics in Clinical Nutrition.

Gaba, A., “Diet Patterns, Foods, and Brain Health: a Systematic Review of the Literature.” Medical Nutrition Matters, 2020 (in press)

Ginsburg, Z. A., Bryan, A. D., Rubinstein, E. B., Frankel, H. J., Maroko, A. R., Schechter, C. B., … & Lucan, S. C. (2019). Unreliable and difficult-to-access food for those in need: A qualitative and quantitative study of urban food pantries. Journal of community health, 44(1), 16-31.

Gonzalez-Corzo, M., & Gonzalez, A. N. (2019). Cuban Agriculture after a Decade of Reforms. Journal of Business and Economic Studies, 23(2), 23-41.

Grommet, J., & Guerrero, K. (2019). Client History as Standard Domain in Nutrition Assessment Protocols: Content Analysis of Clinical Nutrition Textbooks (P13-014-19). Current developments in nutrition, 3(Supplement_1), nzz036-P13.

Haley, S. J., Li, S., Uner, S., Arslan, U., Unlu, H. K., Yardim, M. S., … & Huang, T. T. K. (2019). Perceptions of Obesity Prevention Policies: Socioeconomic Assessment in the Turkish Capital. Journal of pediatric nursing, 44, e20-e27.

Horlyck-Romanovsky MF, Wyka K, Echeverria SE, Leung MM, Fuster M, Huang TT. Foreign-Born Blacks Experience Lower Odds of Obesity but Higher Odds of Diabetes than US-Born Blacks in New York City. J Immigr Minor Health. 2019;21(1):47-55.

Horlyck-Romanovsky, M. F., Fuster, M., Echeverria, S. E., Wyka, K., Leung, M. M., Sumner, A. E., & Huang, T. T. K. (2019). Black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean have similar rates of diabetes but Africans are less obese: the New York City Community Health Survey 2009–2013. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities, 6(3), 635-645.

Hui, L. L., Kwok, M. K., Nelson, E. A. S., Lee, S. L., Leung, G. M., & Schooling, C. M. (2019). Breastfeeding in Infancy and Lipid Profile in Adolescence. Pediatrics, 143(5), e20183075.

Ilieva, R. T. (2019). Urban gardening as politics: edited by Chiara Tornaghi and Chiara Certomà, London, Routledge, 2018, 220 pp.,£ 92, ISBN 9780415793803.

Ilieva, R. T., Ahmed, T., & Yan, A. (2019). Hungry minds: Investigating the food insecurity of minority community college students. Journal of Public Affairs, 19(3), e1891.

Jimenez, E., Gaba, A., Quick, V.. Nutrition Communicators Publish Research in Peer-reviewed Journals, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guide to Nutrition Communication, Chapter 44. in press.

Joshi, A., Amadi, C., Schumer, H., Galitzdorfer. L., Gaba, A. “A human centered approach to design a diet app for patients with metabolic syndrome.” mHealth 2019;

Joshi, A., Arora, A., Amadi-Mgbenka, C., Mittal, N., Sharma, S., Malhotra, B., … & Loomba, M. (2019). Burden of household food insecurity in urban slum settings. PloS one, 14(4), e0214461.

Milanovic, B., & Mijatovic, B. (2019). Real urban wage in an agricultural economy without landless farmers: Serbia, 1862-1910.

O’Neil, C., Gaba, A. (2020, in press) Nutrition Communicators use Video to Effectively Show & Tell, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guide to Nutrition Communication, Chapter 26.

P Christopher Palmedo (2019). Communications Recommendations for Sugar-Sweetened Beverage-Free Zones. American journal of public health, 109(2), 223-224.

Palmedo, P. C., & Gordon, L. M. (2019). How to be SSB-free: Assessing the attitudes and readiness for a sugar sweetened beverage-free healthcare center in the Bronx, NY. PloS one, 14(5).

Soliman, G. A., Kim, J., Lee, J. M., High, R., Hortman, S., Kim, Y., … & Canedy, J. (2019). Wellness programme at the workplace promotes dietary change and improves health indicators in a longitudinal retrospective study. Public health nutrition, 22(2), 354-362.

Tsui, E. K., Duffy, M., & Baron, S. (2018). Educating Restaurant Workers About Paid Sick Leave: A Pilot Study From New York City. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 28(2), 358-377.

Wurtzel, E. T., Vickers, C. E., Hanson, A. D., Millar, A. H., Cooper, M., Voss-Fels, K. P., … & Erb, T. J. (2019). Revolutionizing agriculture with synthetic biology. Nature plants, 1-4.

Zambrano, C. N., Johnson, C., Lu, W., Beeber, M., Panitz, A., Wyka, K., … & Navder, K. (2019). Dietary Behavior and Urinary Gallic Acid Concentrations in Older Minority Residents of East Harlem, New York City. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities, 1-7.

PhD Dissertations and Master Theses

Brown, I. (2019). Through the Mouth: An Essay on Appetite and Ecocide.

Kraus, A. M. (2019). The Effect of the FRESH Program on Crime Rate in NYC.

O’Brien, F. (2019). A Bite of the Big Apple: The Anthropology of Pesticide Use in New York City.

Ojha, A. (2019). Agricultural Cooperatives in the United States and Nepal: A Comparative Study.

Paltseva, A. (2019). Lead and Arsenic Contamination in Urban Soils in New York City.

Polokowski, A. R. (2019). Diet, Inflammation, Gut Microbiome, and Mental Health.

Segal, A. (2019). Resisting Industrial Food Systems on the Web: How Non-Profit Organizations Use Digital Technology for Sustainability Education.


Shukla, P., & Fuster, M. (2019). Eating Bhorthas in America: Exploring Dietary Changes upon Migration Among Bangladeshi Muslims Women in New York City (P04-123-19). Current developments in nutrition, 3(Supplement_1), nzz051-P04.

Kolmer Grommet, J., Tkachenko, E., (October, 2019) Biochemical Assessment as a Domain of Nutrition Assessment: Content Analysis of Clinical Nutrition Textbooks. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019 FNCE Meeting.

Dumolt, J., (October, 2019). Hypercholesterolemia During Pregnancy Increases Hepatic Lipid Accumulation in a Fetal, Adolescent, and Adult apoE-/- Mice. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019 FNCE Meeting.