Public Health Policy & Administration
PhD, Public Health Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MPP, Health Policy, George Washington University
BA, Economics, American University
Dr. Laestadius’ research is primarily focused on the food system and how it can be made healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and more equitable. She is particularly interested in policies and advocacy campaigns aimed at food systems reform at the local and national levels, food choice as a way to mitigate climate change, and environmental justice issues related to agricultural production. Her current research includes examinations of: 1) the potential for a domestic movement advocating for the right to food as defined by the United Nations, 2) the perceptions that senior citizens hold of changes in the food system, and 3) the responses of state agencies to community health concerns related to industrial farm animal production facilities. Dr. Laestadius is also interested in policy efforts to minimize the public health impacts of climate change.
More broadly, Dr. Laestadius’ research and teaching interests include public health advocacy, public engagement and social movement organizations, and the policy making and implementation process. Her work primarily relies on a qualitative approach.