James E. Tillotson

Professor, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University


Education
  • MA, Biology, Boston University
  • AB, Behavioral Sciences, Harvard College
  • PhD, Food Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MBA, University of Delaware

Biography

James Tillotson is Professor of Food Policy and International Business at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Prior to returning to the academic world, he worked in industry, having held research and development positions in the food and chemical sectors and currently teaches courses on the global food business and food public policy. He received his A.B. from Harvard College, M.A. in biology from Boston University, PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Food Science and Technology and MBA from the University of Delaware. Some of his most recent publications are Agriculture and the Food Industry’s Role in America’s Weight Pandemic; Why Does My Food Suddenly Cost So Much; Supermarkets in the 21st Century; Fast Food Through the Ages; Mega-Brands that Rule Our Diet; Agribusiness-The Backbone of Our Diet for Better or for Worse; What Goes Up Always Comes Down: The Facts About Agricultural Commodity Cycles; Who’s Filling Up Your Shopping Bag; Global Food Companies in the Developing World: Benefactors, Malefactors or Inevitable Change Agent; Multinational Food Companies; and Developing Nations’ Diet, Convenience Foods and The Politicalization of Food Quality.


Curriculum Vitae - James E. Tillotson

Professional Activities
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community, Tufts School of Medicine

Research Interests
  • International and domestic food and agribusiness
  • government food policies
  • government regulation of the food industry
ARTICLES
• Americans' Food Shopping in Today's Lousy Economy (part 2), Nutrition Today, Volume 44, Number 5 September/October, 2009 (in press).
• Americans' Food Shopping in Today's Lousy Economy (part 1), Nutrition Today, Volume 44, Number 4, July/August, 2009.
What Goes up Always comes down: The Facts about Agricultural Commodity Cycles, Nutrition Today, Volume 44, Number 3, May/June 2009 .
"Why Does My Food Suddenly Cost So Much?" Nutrition Today, Volume 44, Number 1, January/February, 2009.
• Tillotson, James E. "Nutrition's New Frontier with Our Young?" Nutrition Today 42, no. 2 (2007).
Tillotson, James E. "Agribusiness - the Backbone of our Diet for Better...or for Worse? (Part 1)." Nutrition Today 41, no. 5 (2006): 233-238.
Tillotson, James E. "Who's the Average Joe Eater to Believe?" Nutrition Today 41, no. 3 (2006): 112-114.
Tillotson, James E. "Whole Foods Market - Redefining the Supermarket Experience." Nutrition Today 41, no. 2 (2006): 67-69.
Tillotson, James E. "Agribusiness - the Backbone of our Diet for Better...or for Worse? (Part 2)." Nutrition Today 41, no. 6 (2006): 260-266.
Tillotson, James E. "The Mega-Brands that Rule Our Diet (Part 2)." Nutrition Today 40, no. 6 (2006): 17-21.
Tillotson, James E. "Wal-Mart and Our Food." Nutrition Today 40, no. 5 (2005): 234-237.
Tillotson, James E. "The Heavy Burden of Eating-Out Today." Nutrition Today 40, no. 4 (2005): 173-175.
Tillotson, James E. "10 Things Congress Needs to Know about Obesity." Nutrition Today 40, no. 3 (2005): 126-129.
Tillotson, James E. "Health Claims 2005: A New Tower of Babel? (Part 2)." Nutrition Today 40, no. 2 (2005): 88-91.
Tillotson, James E. "The Mega-Brands that Rule Our Diet (Part 1)." Nutrition Today 40, no. 6 (2005): 257-260.
Tillotson, James E. "Who's Filling Up Your shopping bag? (Part 2)." Nutrition Today 39, no. 5 (2004): 216-219.
Tillotson, James E. "America's Obesity: Conflicting Public Policies, Industrial Economic Development, and Unintended Consequences." Annual Review of Nutrition 24, (2004): 617-643.
Tillotson, James E. "Who's Filling Up Your shopping bag? (Part 1)." Nutrition Today 39, no. 4 (2004): 176-179.
Tillotson, James E. "Global Food Companies in the Developing World: Benefactors, Malefactors or Inevitable Change Agents?" Nutrition Today 39, no. 3 (2004): 118-121.
Tillotson, James E. "Health Claims 2005: A New Tower of Babel? (Part 1)." Nutrition Today 39, no. 6 (2004): 257-259.
Tillotson, James E. "Pandemic Obesity: What is the Solution?" Nutrition Today 39, no. 1 (2004).
Tillotson, James E. "Pandemic Obesity: Agriculture's Cheap Food Policy is a Bad Bargain." Nutrition Today 38, no. 5 (2003): 186-190.
Tillotson, James E. "Pandemic Obesity: Unintended Policy Consequences." Nutrition Today 38, no. 4 (2003): 116-119.
Tillotson, James E. "Fast-Casual Dining -- Our Next Eating Passion?." Nutrition Today 38, no. 3 (2003): 91-94.
Tillotson, James E. "The Politicalization of Food Quality." Nutrition Today 38, no. 2 (2003): 54-56.
• "Does Nutrition Sell? Do Health Claims Work?" (Part 2) Nutrition Today, Volume 38, Number 1 (January/February 2003).
Tillotson, James E. "Pandemic Obesity: Time for a Change in Economic and Development Politics Affecting the Food Industry?" Nutrition Today 38, no. 6 (2003): 242-246.
• "What does the future hold for American Food Companies?" Nutrition Today, Volume 37, Number 5 (September/October 2002).
• "Have Health Messages Spurred Industry-sponsored Academic Research?" Nutrition Today, Volume 37, Number 4 (July/August 2002).
• "We're fat, getting fatter! What is the Food Industry's Role?" Nutrition Today, Volume 37, Number 3 (May/June 2002).
• "Food Brands: Friend or Foe?" Nutrition Today, Volume 37, Number 2 (March/April 2002).
• "Does Nutrition Sell? Do Health Claims Work?" (Part 1) Nutrition Today, Volume 37, Number 6 (November/December 2002).
• "Our Ready-Prepared Ready-to-eat Nation," Nutrition Today, Volume 37, Number 1 (January/February 2002) reprinted in the Annual Editions: Nutrition 2004 (April 2004).
• "Are Your Juices and Your Company Ready for the Next Century? Changing World, Changing Tastes," Fruit Processing (July 2000).
• "Global Supermarkets," Nutrition Today, Volume 35, Number 3 (May/June 2000).

BOOKS
• "Multinational Food Companies and Developing Nations’ Diets," Food Policy Options: Preventing and Controlling Nutrition-related Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO/World Bank, (July 2003).

BOOK CHAPTERS
Tillotson, James E. "Convenience Foods." In Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 2003.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• "Juices in the 21st Century: A Futuristic Vision of the Global Fruit & Vegetable juice Industry," Annuals of the 22nd International Federation of Fruit Juice Producers, Paris, France. (August 1999).
• "Innovations in Food Companies in the United States," Proceeding of Innovation from Research to Companies in the Food Sector Conference, Trolleholm, Sweden. (July 1999).

OP-EDS
• Op-ed: Iowa City eating experience Iowa City Press-Citizen August 18, 2006.
• Tillotson, James E. "Perspective - Will They Eat It?" The Boston Globe Magazine, 1 October 2006.
• Tillotson, James E. "No wonder we're getting so fat." The Boston Globe, 17 September 2004.
• Tillotson, James E. "Nation's Obesity Problem Fed by Farming Subsidies." The Wichita Eagle, 27 June 2004.

Courses

SPRING TERM



Email Address
James.Tillotson@tufts.edu

Office Phone
781.383.6608

Office Fax
617.627.3886

Office Location
50 Harrison Avenue

Mailing Address
School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University, 50 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA, 02111