Barrett P. Brenton

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St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

St. John's University

Barrett Brenton holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a Professor of Anthropology at St. John’s University and director of Center for Global Development and Social Justice. His cross-cultural research is focused on international food security and policy, meeting the healthcare needs of the poor, and the health consequences of dietary change. Dr. Brenton’s applied research experience has taken him to both rural and urban impoverished areas across the U.S., to the Peruvian Andes, the Ecuadorian Amazon, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. 

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Biocultural Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests

  • The anthropology of food, health, and the environment; and “eating as a moral act”

Affiliation with the Center

Senior Vincentian Research Fellow,
Class of 2003

"As a Center Fellow, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with University faculty as well as colleagues in the larger social justice community of New York and beyond.The Fellows program has built a community of once dispersed and often isolated scholars and activists from across the University whose dedication to social justice, faith and action continues to grow both locally and globally."

Food for Thought

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)