Jennifer Gaddis

Jennifer Gaddis is associate professor of Sustainable Community Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of the award-winning book The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools (University of California Press, 2019). She received a PhD in environmental studies from Yale University in 2014. Since joining the faculty at UW-Madison, Dr. Gaddis and her students have regularly partnered with school districts, labor unions, state and county Extension, and social movement organizations on community-based research and advocacy projects related to food justice in K-12 schools. Her writing about school nutrition programs has appeared in numerous academic journals including Feminist Economics , Agriculture Food and Human Values, and the Journal of Community Food Systems and Sustainable Development. She also writes for public audiences and has published op-eds in popular outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, the Guardian, and USA Today. In addition to her work in the classroom and as a researcher, Dr. Gaddis serves as an advisory board member of the National Farm to School Network and the faculty advisor of Slow Food UW, a student organization and registered 501c3 on the UW-Madison campus.