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About Daniel N. Warshawsky

Daniel N. Warshawsky is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Wright State University where he teaches courses in geography and conducts his research on urban food systems. Daniel earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003), M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2006), and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (2011). Before coming to Wright State, Daniel was an Assistant Professor (Teaching) and Director of Graduate Studies in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. At USC, Daniel taught courses in spatial sciences and managed the suite of graduate programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology.

In his research at Wright State, Daniel utilizes multiple methods to analyze urban food systems in North America and Africa. The results of these studies have been published in academic outlets, such as The Professional GeographerUrban GeographyGeoforumSocial and Cultural GeographyThe Geographical JournalGeography CompassCitiesNonprofit Policy ForumJournal of Southern African Studies, and African Geographical Review. In addition to his current studies on food waste in Johannesburg and Los Angeles, Daniel is working on a long-term research project on the globalization of food banking. Originally started in the U.S. in the 1960s, food banks now collect, systematize, and deliver food to poor communities in more than thirty countries on six continents across the world. His research analyzes the structure and outcomes of food bank development and the roles that food banks play in reducing food insecurity and food waste in these different contexts. In addition, Daniel is engaged in local research to investigate the range of local food organizations which operate in Dayton and the ways in which people access and waste food in the city.

Outside of university life, Daniel spends most of his time with his wife and daughters exploring interesting neighborhoods in the world’s cities, running in parks or trails, and watching good movies. Given that Daniel was born and raised in Cincinnati, he is excited to be back in Southwestern Ohio where he has a strong personal connection.


2016 - Present Assistant Professor, Wright State University School of Public and International Affairs
2015 - 2016 Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, University of Southern California ‐ Spatial Sciences Institute
2011 - 2015 Lecturer, University of Southern California ‐ Spatial Sciences Institute

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • J. Warren Nystrom Award Finalist, Best Dissertation in Geography (Association of American Geographers, 2012)
  • Award Winner, Best Dissertation in Urban Geography (Association of American Geographers, 2012)
  • Grant Award Winner, Annual Research Grant Competition (Association of American Geographers, 2014)
  • Grant Award Recipient, Faculty Development Award (University of Southern California, 2016 and 2014)


2006 - 2011 PhD, University of Southern California ‐ Department of Geography
2004 - 2006 MS, University of Wisconsin ‐ Department of Geography
2000 - 2003 BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Department of Geography

Contact Information

Millett Hall 311
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-2845


Articles (14)

Book Chapters (2)

Book Reviews (3)

Abstracts (6)