Melissa Fuster, PhD
Assistant Professor, City University of New York Brooklyn College
Melissa Fuster is a Puerto Rican scholar and writer. She completed her PhD at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her doctoral dissertation, Healthy Eating in Vulnerable Communities in El Salvador, concentrated on healthy eating perceptions in resource-poor Salvadoran communities. Upon completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Fuster became a New York University Provost Fellow in Food Studies, where she began a new study to examine the sociocultural and historical influences on culinary and nutritional outcomes in the Hispanic Caribbean region and its diaspora communities. This research forms the basis of her book, Caribeños at the Table: How Migration, Health, and Race Intersect in New York City (University of North Carolina Press).