• Ph.D. in Sociology, Cornell University, 2014
  • M.S. in Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2005
  • B.A. in Economics, Cornell University, 1999
Research Areas
  • Food Security
  • Gender, Nutrition and Agriculture Linkages
  • U.S. Food Aid and Food Assistance Policies
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Development Policy
  • Social Policy

Erin Lentz joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as an assistant professor in 2014. She received a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.S. in applied economics and management from Cornell University. She received a Fulbright fellowship to Bangladesh to research the secondary effects of food aid in local communities. She has worked or consulted with CARE, the United Nations World Food Program and numerous other international NGOs on markets, food security and food assistance programs. She is currently pursuing three research agendas. With her collaborators, she is developing the Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition Index. She studies U.S. and international food aid and food assistance policies. Also, she researches innovative measures to combat food insecurity in southern Africa. Lentz is a member of the City of Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board.

Media Expertise
  • Globalization and International Affairs


Media MentionNovember 21, 2016
In the fight against hunger, why don't we prioritize women?

Erin Lentz poses that the conversation about ending hunger must include more concern with women's overall well being.

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Media MentionJuly 9, 2016
Serving Austin’s hungry residents requires listening to them
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Media MentionMarch 15, 2016
A word to FLOTUS: Let’s all move

Welcome to Austin, Michelle Obama. This is your kind of town.

There’s great food, a great deal of money spent on it, and great people who care about it. Just like you, we care deeply about what our kids eat, which is why three quarters of Austin’s schools have a garden.

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