is a specialist in hunger, food systems, and multi-actor collaborations for sustainability who has created and led inter-disciplinary academic programmes and participated in local and regional food system planning. She holds the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in Food Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where she teaches on hunger and food security, fixing food systems, food policy, and sustainability.
She is especially interested in food system resilience, human rights in the food system, the right to food in the US and other industrialized countries, and the transition to a post-petroleum food economy. She also works to bridge the interests and concerns of academicians, NGOs and community-based activists. She is involved in food system activities and planning at the local, state and regional scales, and participates in the national Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture & Sustainability and the regional Food Solutions New England network.
She has worked as a private consultant for domestic and international organizations, with Oxfam America, and at Tufts University, where she was the founding Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Graduate Program in the School of Nutrition Science & Policy and directed Tufts Institute of the Environment for 2 years. Molly earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. and M.S. in natural resource management and a certificate in Latin American Studies from Colorado State University.