Megan Smith is an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab. Prior to the Food Lab, Megan graduated with a BA in Political Science from Davidson College. During her time at Davidson College, she developed a deep interest in exploring comparative politics, economics, and histories that define urban and rural food landscapes. Her research includes looking at Brazil’s Agri-food industry, urban food insecurity in South Africa’s Cape flats, and China’s Food Safety Regulatory System. In 2018, Megan received the Davidson in Asia Grant, where she spent a summer working for the American Chambers of Commerce Vietnam (AmCham) on their communications and outreach team. She helped launch AmCham’s first seminar podcast series that focused on the critical aspects of Vietnam and U.S. agricultural trade relations. Megan has further explored her interests in Southeast Asia through an internship with the U.S.-Asia Institute. In the Food Lab, Megan supports the work of an evaluation project through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and General Mills Foundation.