Alyssa Gerhardt is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. She specializes in economic sociology, studying personal debt in Atlantic Canada using a mixed-method approach. Alyssa has been involved in several different projects with the Rural Futures Research Centre at Dalhousie, including a regional study on work, income, and community. Recently she co-authored Canada’s Food Price Report 2021, a national report that forecasts food prices and examines food trends. Alyssa is a recipient of the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.