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

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)