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Sarah Renkert

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 Sociocultural Anthropology. Her research interests include critical food studies, community organizing, culinary and cultural tourism, critical development studies, and applied anthropology. 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. 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.


Selected Publications

Renkert, Sarah Rachelle (2019). Community-owned tourism and degrowth: a case study in the Kichwa Añangu Community. Journal of Sustainable Tourism : 1-16.

Renkert, Sarah and Rachel Fillipone (2019). Cloth Diaper Kit Pilot Program Phase II: Data Collection and Findings. Reported prepared for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. Tucson: Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.

Renkert, Sarah, T.J Ferguson, and Maren P. Hopkins (2019). Collection of Apache Oral Histories for Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Report prepared for the National Park Service. Tucson: School of Anthropology.

Fluckiger, Abbey and Jenny Doss (2019). Navigating Food Insecurity: Exploring Food Acquisition Strategies Among Food Bank Clients in Southern Arizona. Prepared for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Edited by Sarah Renkert. Tucson: Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.

Renkert, Sarah Rachelle. (2018) "Sbicca, Joshua. 2018. Food justice now! Deepening the roots of social struggle. Reviewed by Sarah Rachelle Renkert." Journal of Political Ecology 25, no. 1.

Bedwell, Rebecca, and Sarah Renkert (2017): Report Prepared for the Community Food Bank of Southern: Arizona's 2017 Client Survey. Tucson: Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.

Renkert, Sarah (2017): Community-Owned Tourism: Pushing the Paradigms of Alternative Tourisms. Thesis, Tucson: University of Arizona.

Renkert, Sarah, Karla Rascón-García, and Lee Allen (2015): Report Prepared for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: Agency-Based Gardening: Organization and School Gardens as a Space for Growing Community and Creating Social Capital. Tucson: Master’s in Development Practice, University of Arizona.

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