Melissa Fuster is a Puerto Rican food policy and nutrition scholar interested in the historical, social and cultural factors surrounding food selection and consumption. Her community-based research has focused on minority, poor populations in the United States and internationally, mostly in Latin America, through the use of interdisciplinary approaches and methods. She completed her PhD at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her thesis, entitled Healthy Eating in Vulnerable Communities in El Salvador, concentrated on healthy eating perceptions in resource-poor Salvadoran communities using a mixed method approach, including the construction of a household-level diet quality indicator based on the Salvadoran dietary guidelines and an ethnographic research in border Salvadoran communities.
Currently, she is Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition at Brooklyn College – City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include the historical and cultural issues affecting culinary and nutritional outcomes in the Spanish Caribbean, in addition to continuing her research in food and nutrition security policies in Latin America and the US. This blog is a medium to share this ongoing research as well as a place to stir conversations on new research directions and ideas.
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