Pascale Joassart-Marcelli is Professor of Geography and Director of the Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Program at San Diego State University (https://urbanstudies.sdsu.edu). She earned a BA and MA in Economics at the Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium before obtaining a PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She eventually discovered the power of geography as a doctoral student and capped her studies with a post-doctoral fellowship in Geography at the University of Southern California.
Pascale’s teaching and research focus on urban poverty and social justice. During the past decade, she has conducted research on urban geographies of food, with a particular interest in the relationship between place, ethnicity, and food. Her work emphasizes the role of food in sustaining immigrant communities, providing economic opportunities, and revitalizing neighborhoods. She is especially interested in understanding the transformation of urban foodscapes and the impacts of food-related gentrification on immigrants and people of color. This current work is a continuation of her earlier research on the informal economy, refugee and immigrant economic integration, and the nonprofit sector. Pascale relies on mixed methods in her research, combining analyses and mapping of quantitative data with ethnographic work, participatory research, and media explorations. She collaborates with several community-based organizations in San Diego that are working towards creating a more just, healthy, and sustainable food system.
Pascale regularly teaches Geography of Food, Geography of Cities, Economic Geography, and Community-Based Geographic Research. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and co-edited two books including “Informal Work in Developed Nations” and “Food and Place: A Critical Exploration.” Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently working on a book examining the relationship between food and gentrification in San Diego.