Innovation in Education


Barbara Dilly, Ph.D., is a Professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Cultural and Social Studies specializing in food and nutrition, gender, the environment, agriculture, justice, and community engagement. As an innovator in education, Dr. Dilly promotes student involvement in local ethnographic research to promote food justice in Omaha. 

This research involves participant observation with local communities as well as interviews, narrative stories of individuals within local settings, recording and analyzing data, and reporting results to the public. 

Expanding on the initial work of Dr. Dilly’s students, the Radlab also edited and expanded a website that addresses the need for local food justice through an online community journal at

Ethnographic studies of system food justice practices are presented to further community engagement and collaboration. This collaboration between Dr. Dilly and the Radlab promotes and supports faculty innovation in teaching.