Patel, Rajeev | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2007–14
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 2006–13
  • Ph.D., Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2002
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Distinction in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, London School of Economics, 1996
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1995
Research Areas
  • Food Systems
  • World Ecology
  • International Political Economy
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy
  • Development Policy
  • Policy Communications

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He studies the world food system and alternatives to it, and recently completed a documentary project about the food system. He has testified about hunger and food sovereignty to the U.S., U.K., and E.U. governments, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

In addition to publications in journals about economics, philosophy, politics, international development and public health, Patel writes for a range of newspapers and co-hosts "The Secret Ingredient" podcast. His books include Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing. He co-authored with Jason W. Moore A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet, published by the University of California Press. His latest book, co-authored with Rupa Marya, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2021 and is entitled Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice.

Recent Publications
Media Expertise
  • Globalization and International Affairs

Newsworthy

NewsAugust 11, 2021
Raj Patel releases new book on the social, environmental causes of ill health

Award-winning author, filmmaker and The University of Texas at Austin research scientist Raj Patel, with co-author and physician Dr. Rupa Marya, examine the social and environmental causes of ill health in their latest book, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, this book examines the ways in which health disparities are connected to colonialism, politics and capitalism.

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Media MentionMay 18, 2021
Why aren't we talking about farmers in India?

Research scientist Raj Patel writes about the future of agriculture. 

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Media MentionJanuary 6, 2021
46 books we can't wait to read in 2021

Inflammation is both the metaphor and the stated subject of this ambitious interdisciplinary tome co-written by Patel, a journalist and activist, and Marya, a physician and composer.

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