Part 2 in a series on inquality in food systems with Heartland Stories.

Dr. Kara Young is an expert in food systems and racial inequality. She has a decade of experience writing, organizing, teaching, and public speaking on food disparities, racial justice, and qualitative research methods. Between 2017-2020 Kara worked as an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University in a joint faculty position between the Department of Sociology and the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformations (InFact) Discovery Theme.

While at Ohio State, Dr. Young taught courses on food systems and social stratification, and served as the urban food disparities expert on a number of cross-disciplinary projects.

Dr. Young currently sits on the steering committee of the Ohio Food Policy Network, the board of directors of Local Matters,and the advisory circle of Kindred: A Creative Accelerator for Artists of Color. She has also organized extensively with the Berkeley Food Institute on their racial equity initiatives and is the founder and chair of the Coalition for Food and Agricultural Sociology. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelors degree in sociology from Brown University. She has recently returned to Oakland to continue her food security and racial equity work.

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