Lentz, Erin | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 MentionJune 21, 2018
Maritime cargo preferences only waste American taxpayer dollars

LBJ Professor Erin Lentz challenges special interests that hinder U.S. humanitarian assistance.

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Media MentionMarch 15, 2018
The Food for Peace Modernization Act: Legislation to Make the World a Better Place

Earlier this month, the chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, introduced identical versions of the Food for Peace Modernization Act in the Senate and the House, along with co-sponsors Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Washington.

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NewsFebruary 27, 2018
LBJ Professor Testifies Before House Foreign Affairs Committee

On Tuesday, February 14, Erin Lentz, an assistant professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on modernizing food aid to improve effectiveness and save lives.

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