Patrizia La Trecchia

Dr. La Trecchia received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, where she directs the Italian Program and is a faculty member in the Patel College of Global Sustainability. Her research includes film, media, literature, globalization, migration, citizenship, the Italian South, food and identity, comparing cultural attitudes toward various sustainable food systems, food security, and food waste. She is currently working on identifying and mapping quantifiable cultural dimensions and indicators of the relations describing food-decision making behaviors that seem to promote or detract from public attitudes toward sustainable diets.

She is the author of one monograph, two textbooks, and over two dozen peer-reviewed articles. She was selected to deliver a TED talk, A War on Food Waste: Italian Food Culture and the Mediterranean Diet at TEDxUSF.

She is a member of the Habitat Partner University Initiative Hub on Food Security and holds a consulting appointment as a FAO Visiting Expert.
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