Eric Pallant

Professional Title

Department Chair, Professor, Christine Nelson Endowed Chair


Bread, Bread History, Bread Science, Environmental Education, Green Initiatives, Sourdough Bread, Sourdough Bread History, Sourdough Bread Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Water Resources


B.A., Wesleyan University; M.F.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Cornell University.

A twice-named Fulbright Scholar and sourdough aficionado, Eric Pallant is an expert on the topics of sustainable development, food and agriculture, educational innovation, and writing creative nonfiction. Recent publications include “The Wonder of Bread: Teaching University Students the Cost of Eating with Their Hands,” in Gastronomica. Eric is the author of the forthcoming book, Sourdough Culture: The History and Science of Sourdough, and is the coauthor of “Teaching to End Hunger: Critical Analysis of Food Systems and Poverty,” currently in press.  Watch Eric's lecture on Sourdough Bread here.