Marissa Finn

When Marissa was a little girl, she threw her bottle and pacifier down the stairs and begged for "real food." More than two decades later, her passion for real food has grown into a part of her everyday life. Marissa graduated in May 2014 with a Masters in Food Studies from NYU, where she focused her research on food politics and food culture. She has taught children’s nutrition, gardening and cooking classes for the past four years, and she will spend the next academic year as a FoodCorps service member in Guilford County, North Carolina.

At NYU, a Different Kind of Food Lab

As NYU’s purple empire expands, high-tech, multimillion-dollar concrete buildings encircle Washington Square Park. But on an eighth of an acre at the corner of Houston and Wooster, something green has sprouted, too.