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Alana Stein


  • 2018 M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Davis, Department of Sociology
  • 2016 B.A. in College Scholars with Emphasis in Food Security from Sociopolitical and Chemical Perspectives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Summa Cum Laude


Alana is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis who engages in public scholarship. Her research uses a mixed methods approach to study inequalities in the food system, focusing on food banks and private food assistance programs. She researches stratification, the environment, political economy, food studies, neoliberalism, and organizations. In her research, she pulls on the methods of ethnography, in-depth interviews, geospatial analysis, content analysis, and network analysis.

Her current public scholarship work focuses on how intersectional inequities, such as gender, race, disability, and homelessness, affect the organizational barriers people face as they try to access food assistance. She is also working on projects that examine the embeddedness of food banks in local food systems and the prominent ideologies in the discourse surrounding solving world hunger. Her newest project examines the spatial distribution of food banks and the types of communities they are located in.

Research Focus

  • Food System
  • Environment
  • Stratification
  • Political Economy
  • Poverty
  • Neoliberalism

Selected Publications

 Sánchez Barba, Mayra, Roy B. Taggueg Jr., and S. Alana Haynes Stein* (2018) “Public Scholarship in a Time of Crisis: A Reflection.” Public: A Journal of Imagining America, 5(1).

*The order of authors has been randomly chosen.

Stein, Alana. (2016) “Power Play at the United Nations: The Effects of Added Stakeholders in the Committee on World Food Security.” Pursuit - The Journal of Undergraduate Research at The University of  Tennessee, 7(1), 199-207. http://trace.tennessee.edu/pursuit/vol7/iss1/22