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Alumni in Action

MA, Food Studies

Graduates of our MA in Food Studies are creating impact in a range of areas including policy and advocacy, business and social entrepreneurship, and media and cultural analysis. Read on to learn more about how our alumni are putting their knowledge of food studies into practice.

Frederikke Jensenius Reinhardt

If you think about it, food is tightly intertwined with some of the major challenges we’re facing in this day in age. Food Studies gave me the tools to address those complex issues by examining food from a multitude of perspectives. The most rewarding aspect has been meeting all of the inspiring people in my program: from professors to guest lecturers and from activists to fellow students. I have family all over the world now.

Frederikke Jensenius Reinhardt, MA '19

Meet Ashley Xie (MA '20)

Ashley is the co-founder of Rooted Fare, a culinary startup that partners and profit-shares with immigrant chefs to make Asian sauces for homemade dishes.

Read a Q&A with Rooted Fare
Ashley and Hedy sit at an outdoor table facing each other. Three of their sauces sit on the table alongside a vase with flowers and a pot of tea.

More Alumni in Action

Equity Not Charity: Food Studies Alum Leah Kirts on Organizing Community Food Relief

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Leah joined a mutual aid group in Queens and began organizing mobile food pantries that have since grown to serve 150–200 people weekly. “It’s really simple: anyone who shows up can get food.”

Growing Around the Globe: Alum Dharath “Tot” Hoonchamlong on Urban Farming in New York City and Thailand

Meet Tot (MA '19), the Environmental Manager of a Bo.lan – a sustainability-focused, Michelin-starred restaurant in Bangkok with an edible garden that reminds him of time spent on the NYU Urban Farm Lab as a graduate student.

Contemplating Climate Change Through Cuisine

Read NYU Alumni Magazine's profile of Allie Wist (MA '17), who is exploring the connections food has to other systems through her personal art.

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