Neva Hassanein

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Associate Professor, University of Montana

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Neva Hassanein is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, where she leads an emphasis on sustainable food and farming systems. Hassanein authored Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Her recent scholarship focuses on food democracy and on local/regional food systems.

Hassanein is committed to community-based action research. For example, she co-facilitated a community food assessment (2002-04), guided by a local steering committee and involving many students. The assessment led to a multi-stakeholder, food policy council, the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition. Hassanein remains active in CFAC, focusing on protecting agricultural land as the basis of a sustainable, local food system.

In 2003, Hassanein helped found the UM Farm to College Program. In 2006, she and 10 graduate students researched the economic, social, and transportation-related impacts of the Program. In partnership with Grow Montana, the study contributed to passage of legislation that changed state procurement policy, making it easier for public institutions to buy Montana-grown and processed foods.

Hassanein holds a PhD from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also worked for many years in the non-profit sector as an organizer, coalition coordinator, and lobbyist. She has received the Cox Award for Teaching Excellence and the AERO Sustainable Agriculture Educators Award.