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 food justice and sovereignty organizing, food insecurity, culinary and cultural tourism, grassroots development organizing, and public and activist anthropology. Her M.A. research was based in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she looked at community-owned tourism and challenges to food sovereignty in the Kichwa Añangu Community. Her Ph.D. research will examine Lima, Peru's foodscapes, by looking at tensions between Lima's "gastronomic boom" and food organizing in Huaycán, a historically disenfranchised neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. Sarah is an active organizer for the Food Security and Social Justice Network, the Pima County Food Alliance, the People’s Political Ecology Lab, and the Anthropology Graduate Students at the University of Arizona (AGUA). She also co-curates exhibits for Tucson Meet Yourself, the Southwest’s largest folklife festival, and volunteers at Caridad Community Kitchen.