Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Laura Hastings

Second Advisor

Elizabeth O'Callaghan

Third Advisor

Cathy Liu


What are the connections between food insecurity and walkability? Food insecurity remains one of the most concerning policy issues in the United States today. As a car-dependent nation, it begs the question of how members of the population without personal vehicle access suffer from food insecurity because of that lack of access. 14 million Americans reside in areas considered by the USDA as “food deserts,” or further than one square-kilometer from a supermarket in urban areas and further than 10 square kilometers in rural areas. I argue that walkability contributes to food security by reducing barriers to access healthy grocery outlets. I will test the hypothesis that in areas with a more concentrated population and higher walkability, it is easier and faster to obtain groceries compared to areas with lower walkability.


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