Sara Bergen Franklin
Brooklyn, NY sara [dot] b [dot] franklin [at] gmail [dot] com

Work Experience
New York University

Doctoral Fellow in Food Studies

Coursework and research towards a PhD in Food Studies. Interests focus on oral history interviewing techniques and longform multi-platform storytelling to explore stories connecting food, agriculture, migration and urbanization to everyday life and spirituality.

American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY

Assistant Content Manager, Food Exhibition

Content builder for forthcoming (fall 2012) food exhibition curated by the AMNH’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Duties include extensive research on contemporary food issues, migration of staple foods around the world, connections between human and environmental health, and future of food. Input into public programs connected to exhibition and design of audio capturing of visitor responses to exhibition in partnership with public radio.

State of the Re:Union

Production Intern

Remote radio documentary production assistant. Duties include in-depth place-based research on community cohesion, interview transcription and writing content for website.

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC
New York, NY

Production Intern, Contributor

Help to select guests for the live daily show. Tasks involve sorting through advanced manuscripts and submitting independent pitches for consideration. Weekly assignments include reading and researching texts and preparing interview questions for segments, preparing Lopate for the segment, and in-studio production assistance on a weekly basis.

Green Guerillas
Brooklyn, NY

Co-Coordinator, Youth Tillers Program

Coordinated a team of ten at-risk Central Brooklyn youth in a summer youth employment program in efforts to support struggling community gardens in Central Brooklyn. Daily urban agriculture tasks. Solely responsible for designing workshops and field trips exploring issues of urban land use, community organizing, nutrition, food security and youth empowerment (24 hours/week)

Freelance Food Systems Consultant

Writing, public relations, systems analysis, qualitative research, interviewer, international network- and capacity building. Collaborations include assisting to coordinate the Delicious Evolution events at Rio+20; co-authoring articles with Ken Meter of the Crossroads Research Center; replication efforts with urban agriculture projects in Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and web content development for WhyHunger.

WHY Hunger
New York, NY

Capacity Building Coordinator

Connecting and building the capacity of organizations and individuals who work on issues of hunger, poverty, and social injustice via a community food security (CFS) approach. Responsibilities included researching and promoting innovation in community-based food security initiatives; writing, compiling, and analyzing capacity-building resources for CFS organizations; event planning, attendance of food security-related events, national site visits and oral history collection; development of model program guides for food systems practitioners; catalyzing a multi-sectoral community organizing process to address food desserts in the Delta Region of Mississippi and southern Arizona (full-time)

Tufts University, Community Health Program

Curriculum Design Assistant/Guest Lecturer

Gathered relevant readings for a senior level seminar on food systems and their relationship to hunger and obesity worldwide. Guest lecturer for the seminar, fall 2009.

Town Farm
Northampton, MA

Chief Apprentice, Assistant Crew and Harvest Manager

Duties included every aspect of small farm startup and operation, ranging from animal husbandry to sustainable growing practices to basic carpentry and marketing; assisted in planning and implementing a new farmers market, worked as a vendor at the market, coordinated harvest and CSA distribution twice weekly, led farm crew in farm tasks and harvest

The Valley Advocate
Amherst, MA

Restaurant Critic

Weekly reviews of regional restaurants in Western Massachusetts

Tufts University
Medford, MA

Teaching Assistant

Course: “Healthcare in America” or “Community Health 2”; instructed biweekly sections at Tufts University, led discussions and graded assignments (12 hours/week)


  • New York University, Doctoral Program in Food Studies, starting September 2012.
  • The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, nonfiction writing, audio and multi-media studies. Certificate completed in December 2011.
  • Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, audio documentary workshop, July 2011
  • Tufts University, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2008
    • Majors: Community Health, History (focus: social history of the African Diaspora and race-relations). Overall GPA: 3.72
  • International Study/Work Programs:
    • Spring 2007: Public Health in South Africa, School for International Training. Independent research conducted on HIV/AIDS and its relation to the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (a program of the WHO); potential of community-based agriculture to reduce health effects of HIV and Tuberculosis on women.

Honors & Distinctions

Honors & distinctions
  • Tufts Career Services Summer Internship Grant Recipient, Summer 2007
  • Dean’s List Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007
  • Writing Fellows Program, nominee and writing instructor (Fall 2004-Fall 2007)
  • MacJanet Scholar, Tufts in Talloires, France (May-June 2006)

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements
  • Workshop Coordinator, Facilitator and Speaker, Community Food Security Coalition Conference, New Orleans (October 2010)
  • Presentation of U.S./Brazil urban agriculture exchange, Slow Food Sao Paulo (March 2010)
  • Brooklyn Food Conference, panelist on “Passing the Hoe: The Next Generation of Young Farmers” (2009)

Language Skills

Language Skills
  • Conversational Brazilian Portuguese (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Elementary Conversational French (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Basic Spanish (reading and listening comprehension)

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