Race and Social Inequality, Community Development, Identity Production, Food Access
and Poverty, Participatory Action Research, Post-Colonialism, Human Rights, Urban
Indigenous Culture and Identity in Australia, Qualitative Field Methods
Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington is involved in local research that explores community-based
models of development working with churches and other organizations in several low-income
African-American neighborhoods in Memphis. She works with a team of faculty and students
from the Anthropology, City and Regional Planning, and Architecture departments at
the university along with neighborhood-level steering committees in South Memphis
and Vance. These projects produced the South Memphis Revitalization Action Plan and
the Vance Avenue Planning Framework. She is currently working on a book based on her
research in La Perouse, Australia, which examines how changing racial ideologies,
Aboriginal policies, and public perceptions of Aborigines have created a predicament
of culture for urban indigenous people. Dr. Lambert-Pennington also currently serves
as the Chair of the Engaged Scholarship Committee at the University of Memphis.
Using participatory action research methodology, Dr. Lambert-Pennington and her team
have involved over 1,000 residents in developing a holistic revitalization plan for
the South Memphis and Vance neighborhoods to address their most pressing concerns.
This work has resulted in community programs like the South Memphis Farmers Market
and the Green Machine Mobile Food Bus. She is currently working with Dr. Kathryn Hicks
and students in evaluating the South Memphis Farmers Market, exploring the role that
farmer’s markets play in promoting neighborhood development, addressing food insecurity,
and potentially contributing to improving residents’ health. She has also been involved
with a collaborative study abroad program with the University of Catania in Sicily.
2012 Lambert-Pennington, Katherine, Real Blackfellas: Constructions and Meanings
of Aboriginality in Urban Indigenous Australia. Transforming Anthropology 20(2): 131-145.
2011 Lambert-Pennington, Katherine, Kenneth Reardon, and Kenneth Robinson, Creating
an Interdisciplinary Community Development Assistance Center: The South Memphis Revitalization
Action Project, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 17(2): 59-70.
2010 Lambert-Pennington, Katherine, Practicing What We Preach: The Possibilities
Of Participatory Action Research With Faith-Based Organizations, NAPA Bulletin, Special Issue On Faith-Based Development 33:143-160.
2010 Brondo, Keri Vacanti and Katherine Lambert-Pennington, “Coalition of Trust”
or “Trust Me I Know What’s Best”: When Southern Progressivism Meets PAR-informed Engaged
Scholarship. Urban Anthropology 39 (3-4): 1-41.
2012 Tennessee Medical Association's Community Service Award for the South Memphis
2012 College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Assignment