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Analena H. Hassberg

Analena Hassberg focuses her research on the ways that differential food access and poor food quality has produced uneven structural conditions, racialized health disparities, and educational inequity in low-income communities of color. She also explores ways that these same underserved communities are working to improve their own material conditions through nutrition education, community gardening, and the conversion of neighborhood retailers into healthy food providers. Since 2012, she has served as active Board President of Community Services Unlimited (CSU), one of the foremost food justice organizations in Southern California. CSU is committed to developing equitable, healthful and sustainable communities through nutritious food and holistic wellness programming. Since 2017, she has also served as Director of a local community-based sustainable development project called Urban Foods Homegrown, and maintained a service-learning partnership with Urban Mission Community Partners in Pomona –an organic “seed to table” community that exists as a 501 c3 spiritual venture made up of a vast network of partnerships committed to supporting community wellness and alternative food systems.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Pardee RAND Faculty Leader’s Program, 2017
  • Cal Poly Pomona Teacher-Scholar Award, Winter 2018
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2014
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009

Selected Publications:

  • “Nurturing the Revolution” in Black Food Matters: Centering Black Ways of Knowing in the Wake of Food Justice. Minnesota Press (2020)
  • “Citified Sovereignty: Cultivating Autonomy in the Urban Core” in A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City. New York University (NYU) Press (2020).
  • “When Hearts Break (Open): Free from the Chains of Silence” in Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: Black Voices on Activism, Resistance and Love (Justice Matters Press, 2018)
  • 8 Organizations That Attest to Watts’ Resilience and Legacy of Activism,” KCET Public Media Group of Southern California, 2018
  • “Food and the Medicalization of Bodies of Color” Interview for Race and the Food System Spoken Word Project: A partnership of WhyHunger, Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI), and Growing Power Inc. to explore the impact of power, privilege and racism in the food system, 2011


  • Analena Hope Hassberg discusses food insecurity, SNAP, community efforts to reverse food deficits, and her service-learning course that gives students hands-on experience with local community organizations, Cal Poly Pomona “CEIS Podcast 19,” June 2018
  • With Kai M. Green, “Resisting the Devaluation of Our Lives and Our Stories: Justice for Trayvon Martin” Live radio broadcast on KPFK 90.7FM., August 2013


A.A., Liberal Studies, City College of San Francisco

B.A., Africana Studies, San Francisco State University

M.A. and Ph.D., American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

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