Erin Lentz

Erin LentzVisiting Fellow

Erin Lentz is an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research explores food security; gender, nutrition, and agriculture linkages; and U.S. food aid and food assistance policies. Lentz is currently pursuing three research agendas. With her collaborators, she has developed the Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition Index and is field testing it. Lentz studies U.S. and international food aid and food assistance policies, informing her 2018 Congressional testimony on reforming food aid. She also researches innovative approaches to improving early warning for food insecurity crises in southern Africa.

Lentz received a Fulbright fellowship to Bangladesh in 2006-7 and has worked with numerous NGOs and international agencies. She has published over twenty journal articles and one book.

Lentz holds a Ph.D. in sociology, an M.S. in applied economics and management, and a B.A. in economics from Cornell University.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her family and dog.

Feinstein Publications

Seeing in the Dark: Real-Time Monitoring in Humanitarian Crises

This paper reviews real-time monitoring (RTM), how it fits into a humanitarian information system, how systems quickly adjusted toward RTM in 2020, and provides a series of case studies of RTM systems, their objectives, and their outcomes. 

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2020 Hindsight? The Ecosystem of Humanitarian Diagnostics and Its Application to Anticipatory Action

The nature of humanitarian crises has changed over the past two decades. These changes demand increased anticipatory humanitarian action and improved information to guide that action. The COVID 19 pandemic…

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