Alison Conrad

Graduate Research Assistant

Ali Conrad is a second year MPP student at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy studying social determinants of health and food access policy. Over the summer, she interned at the Government of District of Columbia Office of the Food Policy Director researching food is medicine in the United States and opportunities in the District for addressing food as a social determinant of health. Before coming to the Sanford School, Ali worked on Medicare Part C and D policy and data analysis at Acumen, LLC after receiving a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley. After graduation, she would like to pursue a career working on food policy and its connection to the  built environment and social determinants of health issues.


Ali is working with the Duke World Food Policy Center on her Masters Project, researching white dominant narratives and white supremacy in food access policy and food movements. The project will focus on these dominant white narratives, determining how they can be identified and addressed to create a more equitable food system. In particular, the project will aim to answer the following questions: (1) how do white narratives and “whiteness” play out in food justice movements, and (2) what are strategies for addressing these narratives in food access policy? Research will involve a review of prominent food movements, interviews with food access policy organization leaders, and case studies of select organizations and programs.