About Sarah Renkert
Sarah Renkert graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University, where she studied Spanish, International Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Before coming to graduate school, she had the opportunity to teach and work with non-profits in Peru, Ecuador, Arizona, China, and Thailand. At the University of Arizona, she is studying Applied Sociocultural Anthropology. Her research interests include critical food studies, community organizing, culinary and cultural tourism, critical development studies, and political ecology. Her M.A. research was based in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she studied community-owned tourism and challenges to food sovereignty in the Kichwa Añangu Community. Her Ph.D. research is based in Huaycán, Lima, Perú, where she is working in comedores populares (communal kitchens) to study changes in food aid and popular organizing in Lima’s barriadas or marginalized neighborhoods.
Currently, Sarah is a Research Assistant with the University of Arizona Food Systems Research Lab, collaboratively studying resilience in Southern Arizona's local food system. Additionally, as a research assistant with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, Sarah has engaged in community-based participatory research with the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Through the School of Anthropology, she has also collaborated on two ethnographic projects for the National Park Service. Throughout graduate school, Sarah has been an active organizer for the Food Security and Social Justice Network, the Pima County Food Alliance, the People’s Political Ecology Lab, the Anthropology Graduate Students at the University of Arizona (AGUA), and the Latin American Studies Student Association. She has also co-curated three exhibits for Tucson Meet Yourself, the Southwest’s largest folklife festival, and volunteered for four years at Caridad Community Kitchen.