In remembrance of our colleague Evan Weissman

Scholar, community leader, mentor, and friend


  • Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern Syracuse University
  • Anne Bellows Syracuse University
  • Rick Welsh Syracuse University
  • Mary Kiernan Syracuse University



Tribute, Food Studies, Food Systems, Syracuse University


First paragraphs:

In the spring of 2020, we tragically lost our dear friend and colleague Evan Weissman, a food studies scholar and urban geographer, social justice advocate and activist, and renowned mentor and teacher. Evan was the first faculty member hired to start our intimate Food Studies Program, and an essential part of each of our individual careers and professional lives at Syracuse. It is difficult to impart the impact he had on our program, the discipline of food studies, and on us, as his coworkers and collaborators.

Evan’s academic contributions, which focused on local food policy, community food systems, food system inequality, and urban agriculture, are beautifully reflected in this special issue. As can be seen here, the work he was engaged in has deep roots, which extend across topics and disciplines and con­tinue to grow in his absence. His impact on the fields of food justice and sustainable agricultural and regional planning will endure, due to the ways he connected radical social theory and community-based practice. . . .


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Author Biographies

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Syracuse University

Associate Professor of Food Studies

Anne Bellows, Syracuse University

Professor of Food Studies

Rick Welsh, Syracuse University

Professor of Food Studies

Mary Kiernan, Syracuse University

Associate Teaching Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies

Food as a Tool for Social Change, sponsored by Falk College, Syracuse University



How to Cite

Minkoff-Zern, L.-A., Bellows, A., Welsh, R., & Kiernan, M. (2021). In remembrance of our colleague Evan Weissman: Scholar, community leader, mentor, and friend. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(4), 29–31.