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


NewsSeptember 27, 2018
LBJ School research on China and work in developing communities published in a top journal

The LBJ School's Joshua Eisenman, Erin Lentz and Raj Patel have published new studies in Development and Change, a top journal in the development economics field from the Institute of Social Studies. One piece looks at how Maoist China's rural collectives siphoned away household savings to invest in the country's capital investments and agricultural production; another examines how international agriculture development tends to ignore or treat as a mystery the division of labor within a household.

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NewsSeptember 6, 2018
Three studies from the LBJ School appear in leading development journal

Three new studies from the LBJ School appeared in the leading peer-reviewed journal World Development. The studies explore climate security vulnerability, the relationship between food insecurity and domestic violence, and the long-term effects of political repression on economic performance.

In harm's way: Climate security vulnerability in Asia

By Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs

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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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