Jessica Ham is a postdoctoral research associate in the CHW. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2016. Broadly, Jessica employs qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the complex relationships that exist between economic processes, food, and health. Drawing upon feminist political ecology theoretical frameworks, her doctoral dissertation focused on how food insecurity results in gendered experiences with mental distress in the Upper West Region of Ghana. This work contributes to the theorization of rural livelihoods and food insecurity as relational, produced at the interface of changing landscapes, political economies, production systems, foodways, and the body. Future research interests include exploring the aesthetic and sensual role of food in our lives so as to encourage food insecurity discourse and metrics to be more inclusive of the cultural and symbolic role of food in meeting bodily needs. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Jessica worked for non-profits as an outreach worker advocating for universal access to quality health care.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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