Alissa Bilfield

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Ph.D. in Public Health, Tulane University
MSc Environment and Development, The London School of Economics
BA Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Areas of Expertise

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Human-centered design
  • Food systems sustainability
  • Supply chain transparency
  • Health innovation


Alissa Bilfield received her Ph. D. in Public Health from Tulane University, her Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. She is a faculty member at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona. Her interests include sustainability, food systems and health innovation, supply chain transparency, and inclusive entrepreneurship. Her interdisciplinary background includes work and research in the government, non-profit, and academic sectors that has spanned the United States, and 14 different countries, ranging from Guatemala to Sri Lanka. Dr. Bilfield is also a social entrepreneur herself, having co-founded a food literacy and cooking education non-profit called The Cookbook Project. When she is not teaching or conducting research, she enjoys exploring diverse cuisines, growing vegetables, rock climbing, meditating, and hiking with her dogs.