Dr. Lisa Trocchia is an interdisciplinary scholar who looks at food systems issues through the multiple lenses of political philosophy, communication studies, sociology, and the study of networks and complex adaptive systems. Lisa earned her Ph.D. from Ohio University in the Social Ecology of Food, her M.S. degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College, and she holds a B.S. in Education from Miami University of Ohio.
Lisa is Scholar-in-Residence in the Sustainable Food Systems Master’s degree program where she teaches courses, serves as an advisor to graduate students working on their thesis/Capstone projects, and contributes in the area of curriculum design. She is an active researcher and writer interested in the spaces where food and social change intersect.
A long-time resident of Athens, Ohio (often referred to as “the most mature local food system in the U.S.”), Dr. Trocchia and came to academia with over 15 years of food systems experience in her Appalachian Ohio community. Having worn a number of hats, such as local food business owner/entrepreneur and consultant, chef and baker, market gardener, chair of the regional food policy council, and serving in leadership roles for local non-profit organizations working on food access and sustainable community development issues, she brings a broad and unique perspective to the courses she teaches at Green Mountain College.