About UsLea Zentgraf


Lea Zentgraf is a doctoral researcher in the junior research group Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy (2019-2025), funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Lea holds a bachelor’s degree in translation studies from Heidelberg University. From 2015 to 2016, she spent an academic year abroad at the faculty of Letras & Ciências Humanas at the University of São Paulo. She then completed her master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlin with a profile in political and social sciences. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Freie Universität Berlin. In her Ph.D. project, Gender. Power. Food: women's claims and actions in Food Movements in Germany, she wants to identify how the subject of gender is mobilized in food movements and which different demands and actions are disputed in the public sphere. Lea's experience includes working as an assistant at the Department for Literatures and Cultures of Latin America of FU Berlin and in PR and communications at the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce São Paulo (AHK São Paulo).

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Her research interests are social movement studies, environmental studies, food studies, digital food activism, gender studies, feminist theories, intersectionality, ecofeminism, digital media studies, postcolonialism, and critical whiteness.



Research Reports
  • Suarez, Marcela, Zentgraf, Lea (forthcoming): “The vicious spiral of violence and resistance: hate speech and feminist protests in Brazil and Mexico.” In: CLACSO, special issue.
Book Chapters
  • Zentgraf, Lea (under revision): "Essen. Macht. Frauen. – Die Rolle von Gender und Care in Food Movements in Deutschland“. In: Rückert-John, J.; Wember, C.: Geschlecht und Ernährung: Perspektiven sozialen Wandels, Reihe des Gender- und Frauenforschungszentrum der Hessischen Hochschulen, Verlag Barbara Budrich.
Publications in Newspapers, Magazines, and Websites


Lea Zentgraf

Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies | HCIAS
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Email: lea.zentgraf(at)uni-heidelberg.de