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Katie L. Butterfield

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My research interests are food inequality; race, class, and gender; and statistical methods. Currently, I study the accessibility of community gardens across the United States and their potential to alleviate food insecurity and food desert conditions among different demographics. More broadly, I'm interested in how race, class, and gender shape local food environments and who has access to healthy food, with a particular focus on improving food security and diet-related health.


I received my B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from UC Merced in 2011, and my M.A. in Sociology from UC Merced in 2016. As a graduate student of Sociology at UC Merced I have also received the John & Victoria Elia Fellowship in 2015. I am also currently Global Food Initiative Fellow, working with the Healthy Campus Network to make UC Merced a more healthy place to work, teach, and learn.

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