As students with a department focusing on applied anthropology, we spend a great deal
of time working outside of the class room. Here you will find videos and stories
documenting our experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring our projects as much as
we enjoyed working on them!
Research Assistantships and Practica
Kyle Simpson and Dr. Keri Brondo are finishing a year long project with Shelby Farms Park on fishing practices at
the park's open access fisheries. The study looked at the relationship between the
public-private management strategy of SFP and the fishers that use the lakes. The
study also explored the degree to which public park fisheries could be a resource
for increasing food security in a city with a high prevalence of food insecurity.
Sanne Roijmans and Jenessa Gebers have been working with Dr. Kathryn Hicks and Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington on the third year evaluation of the South Memphis Farmers Market. They all presented
papers on their research at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in
March as a part of the Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and Community-Building: The Place of Community Gardens,
Farmers Markets, and Public Fisheries in Memphis, TN panel. The complete panel program can be found here.
Learn and Serve
The 2013 Learn and Serve grant was used to fund research expenses associated with
embedding a service-leaning component to Anthropology 6631/4631: Culture and Consumerism.
Working under the UofM Engaged Scholarship model, 13 students (10 undergraduate and
3 graduate) assisted in two research projects related to food security in Memphis. The course provided an innovative educational experience by involving students in
growing research partnerships between the UofM, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and
GrowMemphis. Students played an integral role in collecting data that will be used
to inform both scholarship and programming and policy. The full report for the grant can be found here.