Rudd Alumni: Rebecca Boehm, PhD

Rebecca Boehm

Rebecca Boehm is a Food and Environment Economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked as a University Postdoctoral Fellow jointly appointed at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at the University of Connecticut. Her research focused on the linkages between diets, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. This includes an interest in how public policy can be used to increase demand for nutritionally superior, affordable, and environmentally sustainable diets. At the Rudd Center, Rebecca evaluated programs and policies designed to reduce the purchase and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. In her dual appointment with the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, Rebecca conducted research on the greenhouse gas emissions caused by food demand in the U.S. and evaluated how a carbon tax may reduce emissions from food spending. She also worked on a report to quantify the economic value of Connecticut's agricultural sector.
In addition to her research experiences, Rebecca spent several years in the Boston metropolitan area of Massachusetts addressing issues related to food access and the nutritional quality of foods served in public schools. She earned her Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in 2016.
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