A naturalized Texan, Maria Islam is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Political Economy at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her passion and research interests are in food systems policy, particularly anti-hunger and sustainability policies. Maria hopes to help reimagine current systems and make nutritious and delicious food accessible to all. In her free time, she participates in cultural and faith-based community activities. She also enjoys reading economic and political works so she can better contribute to conversations about social change.
Field placement: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank