Faculty and Staff

Faculty Co-Directors

Alfredo Huerta
Co-Director of the Institute for Food, Associate Professor of Biology

huertaaj@MiamiOH.edu

Alfredo Huerta's research focuses on understanding agricultural productivity and plant adaptation to environment as affected by abiotic and biotic factors (nonliving and living, respectively). His latest work is on developing food-crop varieties for sustainable, low-input farming. He has founded the non-profit "Save Seeds Now!" and presents talks to promote sustainable agriculture. His BIO 131 class (Plants, Humanity, and Environment) focuses on the workings of agriculture and the importance of sustainable food production systems for the future.

Peggy Shaffer
Co-Director of the Institute for Food, Professor of American Studies and History

shaffems@MiamiOH.edu

Peggy Shaffer's research focuses on the intersections of American studies and environmental history, engaging issues of popular environmentalism, consumer culture, and public culture. She is co-editor of Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics (2015), editor of Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States (2008), and the author of See America First: Tourism and National Identity, 1880-1940 (2001). Shaffer serves as series editor of the Nature and Culture Series for the University of Pennsylvania Press, and she is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. Her current research focuses on the public's perception and consumption of nature and "the natural".

Institute Staff

Charles Griffin
Director of Farm Production & Operations

griffic8@MiamiOH.edu

Charles Griffin is a seasoned organic farmer. Over his 20-year career, he has built, managed, and inspected organic farms, consulted for sustainable farm projects and community initiatives, and educated students and staff on the practice and business of sustainable farming.

Stephanie Beckner
Farm & Education Assistant

becknesn@MiamiOH.edu

Ian Privitera
Farm Production Assistant

privitim@MiamiOH.edu

Affiliated Faculty

Albarrán, Elena
Associate Professor of History/Global and Intercultural Studies

albarrej@MiamiOH.edu

Elena Albarrán developed and coordinated a team-taught history course called Food in World History, which explored the way that the study of food helps us to understand gender relations, state policies, global trade networks, socioeconomic inequality, power dynamics, climate change, and the politics of identity.

Bielo, James S.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

bielojs@MiamiOH.edu

James Bielo is a cultural anthropologist who teaches a course on local food systems and community development. He is in the process of proposing an undergraduate ethnographic field school that works collaboratively with a Cincinnati Eco-Village, which practices several forms of sustainable food production and exchange.

Blair, Annie-Laurie
Senior Clinical Professor of Journalism

blairal@MiamiOH.edu

Annie-Laurie Blair is an environmental journalist who teaches 3 communication courses at Miami that include modules on food systems, food policy and regulation, sustainability, and healthy food choices: IES 429/529 - Environmental Communication, JRN 318 - Advanced Storytelling through Food, and JRN 350 - Environmental Journalism.

Brymer, Rhett
Assistant Professor of Management

brymerra@MiamiOH.edu

Rhett Brymer focuses on food localism and the development of food production organizations. He teaches a capstone on the competition between large food-producing companies and small, local organizations.

Cameron, Susan
Instructor of Nutrition in Kinesiology and Health

camerosh@MiamiOH.edu

Susan Cameron encourages her students to visit the Institute for Food as part of her nutrition class. She teaches Fundamentals of Nutrition, where she emphasizes the impact of herbs and food perennials on our diet.

Cameron, Tim
Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

camerotm@MiamiOH.edu

Tim Cameron creates senior design projects based around helping the Miami University Farm.

Davis, Amelie
Assistant Professor of Geography and Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

davisay2@MiamiOH.edu

Amelie Davis' work focuses on human-environment interactions. She is particularly interested in modeling the effects of land use and land cover change on honey production and wild bee abundance and richness.

Daugherty, Jacqueline
Lecturer in Individualized Studies Program

daughje@MiamiOH.edu

Jacqueline Daugherty teaches WST 341, a service learning course working with the Miami University Farm. Student groups in this course are working on several service projects that support the Miami University Farm's business plan goals, including making a book of recipes using the farm's produce.

Fuehrer, Ann
Associate Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies

fuehrea@MiamiOH.edu

Ann Fuehrer is a community psychologist who consults and researches with organizations in the community that promote food security. She teaches undergraduate courses on the connections between identity and food as well as on engagement with local food systems to promote well-being.

Gordon, Stephen
Administrator of McGuffey House and Museum

gordonsc@MiamiOH.edu

Stephen Gordon focuses on agricultural history, with an emphasis on the 19th century in southwest Ohio. He researches the Miami University Farm's previous owners and workers, such as Aaron Austin, David Magie, and Felix Fryman.

Green, Jerry
Associate Professor of Geography

greenje@MiamiOH.edu

Jerry Green teaches teaches map interpretation, land-use analysis, and air-photo interpretation and soils, with research interests in historical geography and map interpretation. His classes include GEO 271 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation) and GEO 428 (Soil Geography), where students study the soil composition of the Miami University Farm.

Klumbyte, Neringa
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Havighurst Center for Russian and post-Soviet Studies

klumbyn@MiamiOH.edu

Neringa Klumbyte's research focuses on political and economic anthropology, including food, consumption and writing. Her food-consumption publications include "Europe and Its Fragments: Europeanization, Nationalism, and the Geopolitics of Provinciality in Lithuania" (Slavic Review 2011). She teaches ATH405/505 - Food, Taste and Desire, a course that includes research of organic consumption and food consumption among the elderly in Oxford.

Mannur, Anita
Associate Professor of English

mannura@MiamiOH.edu

Anita Mannur researches and teaches in the areas of food studies, environmental humanities, Asian American literature, and South Asian American studies. She is the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture (Temple University Press 2010) and co-editor of Eating Asian America: A Reader (New York University Press 2013) as well as author of numerous essays in the the field of food studies.

Miller, Beth
Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Kinesiology and Health

mille736@MiamiOH.edu

Beth Miller is a member of the Food Action Team of Cincinnati, with special emphasis on working with youth on community gardens. She teaches a Global and Community Nutrition course that emphasize community-based work.

Palmeri, Jason
Associate Professor of English

palmerjr@MiamiOH.edu

Jason Palmeri teaches experiential courses on food writing and the rhetoric of "slow food" both in Florence, Italy and in southwest Ohio. As a scholar whose work focuses on digital rhetoric and writing pedagogy, Palmeri is especially interested in exploring how food rhetorics are evolving in online spaces as well as how food writing pedagogy can offer a way of engaging students in understanding rhetorical practices as a complex, evolving assemblages of human and nonhuman agents.

Parkinson, Nancy
Clinical Faculty in Nutrition in Kinesiology and Health

parkinns@MiamiOH.edu

Nancy Parkinson develops nutritional education programming with all ages in the local and surrounding communities. She works with the Oxford Community Choice Pantry, where demonstrations, family cooking workshops, and nutritional counseling take place.

Prádanos, Luis I.
Assistant Professor of Spanish

pradanli@MiamiOH.edu

Luis I. Prádanos-Garcia focuses on environmental humanities and the relations between ecology and culture. He studies counter-hegemonic cultural responses and socio-ecological movements that are essential to achieve environmental justice and sustainability. Prádanos teaches courses on slow food, ecological economics and degrowth, ecocriticism, socio-ecological movements, and post-carbon cultures.

Rech, Jason
Professor of Geology and Environmental Earth Science

rechja@MiamiOH.edu

Jason Rech researches soil geochemistry and teaches GLG435/535 (Soils and Paleosols).

Rosenzweig, Melissa
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Classics

rosenzm@MiamiOH.edu

Dr. Melissa Rosenzweig studies the politics of agriculture using the Neo-Assyrian empire (ca. 900 - 600 BCE) as a historical template. She reconstructs ancient agricultural practices by analyzing the carbonized remains of seeds recovered through archaeological excavation, a method referred to as archaeobotany.

Stevens, Charlie
Senior Lecturer of Global and Intercultural Studies

stevencj@MiamiOH.edu

Charlie Stevens teaches courses in international studies on sustainable food security. In those classes, the students compose realistic policy constructs based on geographic, climate, and economic restraints (among others). He researches cultural anthropology in the Pacific Islands, food independence, and local agricultural sustainability.