Elizabeth Fox

Hecht-Levi Fellow


Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Elizabeth Fox, PhD, is a nutritionist and a social scientist whose work focuses on improving the design and implementation of nutrition policies such that they effectively reach intended beneficiaries in culturally sensitive ways.

She is a Hecht-Levi Fellow with the Berman Institute of Bioethics, working in the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program (GFEPP) with Jessica Fanzo. She researches food and nutrition ethics, considering ethical questions related to nutrition. Her work centers on the ethical aspects of nutrition policy decisions, and individuals’ nutritional experiences in the context of value tradeoffs.

Elizabeth received her BS at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University with a minor in Global Health. Thereafter, she worked at the Women, Infants and Children program in San Diego, California and with Les Centres GHESKIO, an HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Elizabeth received her PhD in International Nutrition at Cornell University where she worked with Haitian HIV-infected mothers in Port-au-Prince to better understand their perceptions and prioritizations of infant feeding messages.

Research Interests

  • Design and implementation of nutrition policies


  • BS, Division of Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Global Health, Cornell University
  • PhD, International Nutrition, Cornell University

Recent Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

EATLancet Commission (contributing author).Our food in the Anthropocene: The EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Lancet.(In press)

Walker AK* and Fox EL* (*equal contributions). Why marginalization, not vulnerability, can best identify people in need of special care in medicine and nutrition. AMA J Ethics. 2018; 20(10):e940-946.

Fox EL, Davis C, Downs SM, Schultink W, Fanzo J. Who is the woman in women’s nutrition? A narrative review of evidence and actions to support women’s nutrition throughout life. Curr Dev Nutr. 2018; nzy076.

Fox EL, Pelto GH, Bar H, Rasmussen KM, Young SL, Debrosse GM, Rouzier V, Pape JW, Pelletier DL. Capturing changes in HIV-infected, breastfeeding mothers’ cognitive processes from before delivery to five months postpartum: An application of the pile sorting technique in Haiti. Curr Dev Nutr.2018; 2(6):nzy017. (Editor’s Choice)

Fox EL, Pelto GH, Rasmussen KM, Rouzier V, Debrosse GM, Pape JW, Pelletier DL. Who knows what: An exploration of the infant feeding message environment and intracultural differences in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Matern Child Nutr. 2017; 14(2):e12537.

Koenig SP, Bornstein A, Severe K, Fox E, Dévieux JG, Severe P, Joseph P, Marcelin A, Bright A, Cremieux P, Pape JW. A second look at the association between gender and mortality on antiretroviral therapy. PLOS One. 2015; 10(11):e0142101.

Works in Progress

Fox EL, Pelto GH, Young SL, Rasmussen KM, Debrosse GM, Rouzier V, Pape JW, Pelletier DL. Socio-ecological influences in Haitian mothers’ experiences with breastfeeding in the first week postpartum. (In preparation)

Fox EL, Bulman A, Cordes KY, Harris J, Fanzo J. Why a Human Right to Adequate Nutrition should be a right in itself. (In preparation)

Fox EL, Kabelo A, Abdi F, Reich A, Swartz H, Michlig G, Fanzo J. Pastoralists’ livelihoods in northern Kenya: A participatory application of the capabilities approach. (In preparation)

Reports and Other Publications

United Nations High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition(contributor). Nutrition and Food Systems: Call for coherence, action and accountability. Rome, Italy: Committee on World Food Security, Food and Agriculture Organization; 2017.

Fox E*, Toure D*, Beaulier JM, Heidkamp R, Gervais S, Pelletier D (*equal contributions). Feasibility of a multiple intervention indicator. Operations Research Report, Integrated Community Nutrition Program “Program Assessment Guide”. Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Haitian Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Micronutrient Initiative; 2012.


Fox EL. Breast Practices: An exploration of intracultural variation in mothers’ perceptions about infant feeding recommendations in the context of HIV. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University; 2016.