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Alessandra Del Brocco

Bio and Research Interests

Alessandra Del Brocco is a fourth year PhD candidate in the sociology department at the University of Kentucky. She is currently studying how LGBTQIA+ farmers participate in sustainable agriculture and alternative economies. By working with minority groups in agriculture, she hopes to shed light on existing and potential future pathways towards more equal food access for all. 


M.A., Sociology, University of Kentucky, 2020. 

B.A., Sociology, Smith College, 2014

Services to the College 

Alessandra currently serves as the vice president of the sociology department Graduate Student Organization, as well as a chair on the department's social media committee. Previously, she has served as the graduate student representative on the diversity equity, and inclusion committee; the Undergraduate Representative on the department's Graduate Student Organization; and participated in the 2019 Senior Practicum in Community and Leadership Development as a poster judge. She was a mentor to the University of Kentucky's women's rugby club for the 2019 season. 


2020 University of Kentucky Department of Sociology Beers Fellowship

2019 University of Kentucky Graduate Student Committee Travel Award 

2018 University of Kentucky Robert Ladner Award for Graduate Excellence 

2014 Smith College Dean's List 


Selected Publications:

Refereed Journal Publications

Velandia, M., C. Trejo-Pech, K. Moskowitz, K. Tanaka, H. Hyden, K. Rignall, and A. Del Brocco. 2021. “Financial Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations Covering Multiple Goals of the Food Justice Mission: The Case of New Roots, Inc.” Journal of Food Distribution Research, 52(3): 63-87.


Journal Manuscripts in Progress

Rignall, K., K. Tanaka, H. Hyden, A. Del Brocco, T. Cuellar, N. Messer, M. Valendia, and C. Trejo-Pech. “Evolving Food Justice Practice: Food Hub Case Studies in the Eastern United States.” Revise and resubmit to the Journal of Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment.