Tanya Kerssen, Research Coordinator
Tanya manages the core of Food First’s long-time work: its rigorous, progressive research publications. In addition to contributing research and writing, Tanya works with Food First’s vast network of fellows, movement leaders and contributing scholars to generate timely, cutting edge analysis on food justice and food sovereignty.
Tanya has worked with Food First since 2009, working in various capacities to advance our mission to end the injustices that cause hunger. She is a committed activist, researcher and educator with expertise in the political economy of food, agriculture and peasant resistance. For two years, she edited Food First’s French-language e-newsletter African Agroecological Alternatives to the Green Revolution. She also helped to develop Food First’s educational travel program Food Sovereignty Tours, planning and leading delegations to Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Tanya has worked as a Graduate Student Instructor teaching Latin American history and International Rural Development Policies at UC Berkeley. She currently teaches an online course in Community-Based Food Systems through Village Earth/Colorado State University. She has contributed research and writing to various Food First publications, and is the author of the latest Food First book Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras (February 1, 2013). She can be contacted at tkerssen [at] foodfirst.org