Erin Lentz is the Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Her research interests lie in issues of food security, poverty and inequality, and sustainable development. She studies issues of international food assistance, US food aid, and response analysis – the portion of the programming cycle during which an agency identifies which transfer to distribute (cash, food, vouchers). Over the past decade of research, she has examined a range of issues relating to policy, targeting, and markets. Broadly she focuses on the institutional characteristics that shape a range of factors around food assistance programming design and delivery.