Patel, Rajeev | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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


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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Media MentionJune 24, 2020
Hacking world hunger during the coronavirus pandemic

Global hunger is one of the most dangerous side effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the most vulnerable to hunger live in the world's richest cities, or work in the industries that feed us. In this episode, The Take explores the global food chain's weak links and how some are innovating to help keep people fed. LBJ's Raj Patel joins Al Jazeera's "The Take" to discuss it. 

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Media MentionJune 1, 2020
Coronavirus response: Hacking emergency food supply chains

City figures show the Bronx has a high concentration of frontline workers: people whose jobs it is to man grocery and drug stores, run the public transit system, clean the city and care for its old, young and sick. For many Bronxites, earning money means exposing yourself to infection. "They are the most essential workers right now, and the most disposable," LBJ's Raj Patel told Al Jazeera. "Their hunger should matter right now because you depend on them. The worst is absolutely yet to come.

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