The Discovery Themes' Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation has drawn the participation of more than 60 distinguished faculty members from over 20 different departments, representing equally the humanities, social sciences, and biological-physical sciences.  Intense collaboration on the proposal resulted in a vision that continues to be compelling and motivating for all, and builds on our strengths in agroecology, climatology and water, food systems from production to consumption, and culture, justice, and policy.  As we begin hiring catalytic new positions, engaging support, and fine-tuning the plan of work, we remain committed to the self-organized, interdisciplinary approach that has been our strength thus far.  We look forward to welcoming new faculty and partners into the dynamic community here at Ohio State.

Leadership Team

Casey HoyCasey Hoy
Faculty Director

 

Brian SnyderBrian Snyder
Executive Director

 

Lonnie KingLonnie King
Lead Dean

 

Executive Committee

Michael CadwellMichael Cadwell
Walter H. Kidd Professor of Architecture and Director
Knowlton School of Architecture

 

Casey HoyCasey Hoy
Professor, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management
Department of Entomology

 

Douglas Jackson-Smith    PA/C
Professor
Environmental and Natural Resources

 

Michelle KaiserMichelle Kaiser   PA/HN
Assistant Professor
College of Social Work

 

Rick LivingstonRobert Livingston    PA/*AD
Interim Director, Humanities Institute and Senior Lecturer
Department of Comparative Studies

 

Kristin MercerKristin Mercer    CF
Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science

 

Michael MercilMichael Mercil   *AD
Professor
Department of Art

 

Brian RoeBrian Roe   *BE/*PA
Undergraduate Studies Leader and McCormick Professor
Department of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics

 

Jeff SharpJeff Sharp    *PA/HN
Director and Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources

 

Brian SnyderBrian Snyder
Executive Director

 

Colleen SpeesColleen Spees    *HN/PA
Assistant Professor of Medical Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences




Our Team

Hiring Clusters:
PA  Food System Policy, Plng. and Assessment
BE  Entrepreneurship and Bus.Ecosystems
CF  Climate Change and Food Production
HN  Health and Nutrition
AD  Culture, Art and Design
* Cluster Group Leads

Ingrid Adams   HN
Associate Professor
Medical Dietetics and CFAES
 
Kerry Ard    PA
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Robert Agunga
Director of the Center for African Studies
Faculty, CAS Staff
 
Christopher Baker   AD
Faculty, Adjunct Professor
Electrial & Computer Engineering
 
Kate Bartter
Associate Director, Office of Energy and Environment Office of Research

Nicholas Basta
    CF/AD
Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Pat Bebo    PA/HN
Interim Assistant Director, FCS Leader, Community Nutrition

Katherine Bennett    AD
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
Knowlton School of Architecture
 
Leah Bevis    BE
Assistant Professor
Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

Michael Bisesi
    HN
Associate Professor, COPH -Environmental Health Sciences
Sr. Associate Dean & Director, Academic Affairs, COPH - Environmental Health Sciences

Steven Blalock
    PA
Program Coordinator
Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Jacob Boswell    AD
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
Knowlton School of Architecture

Bear Braumoeller    PA
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Alexandra Bringer    CF
Post Doctoral Researcher, Electroscience Lab
Executive Director/President, BiOhio Research ParkOhio Agricultural Research and Development Center
 
Jeremy Bruskotter    PA
Associate Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Emily Buck    PA
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership
 
John Cardina    CF
Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law
 
John Casterline    *PA
Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies
Department of Sociology
 
Jill Clark    PA/HN
Assistant Professor
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
 
Amy Cohen    BE
Professor
Moritz College of Law
 
Keely Croxton    BE
Associate Professor of Logistics
Fisher College of Business
 
Steve Culman    CF
Assistant Professor & State Specialist in Soil Fertility
School of Environment and Natural Resources

Kip Curtis    PA/CF
Assistant Professor of Environmental History
Department of History
 
Imed Dami    CF/HN
Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Alia Dietsch    CF
Assistant Professor in Parks, Protected Areas, Natural Resources Management
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Mark Erbaugh    CF
Director, International Programs in Agriculture Office and Associate Professor
Ohio State Extension
 
Joseph Fiksel  CF/*BE
Executive Director, Center for Resilience and Research Associate Professor
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
 
Assistant Professor-Clinical, Electrical & Computer Engr.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
Cheryl Fischnich
Office Associate
InFACT Discovery Theme
 
Research Professor, Coordinator - Ohio Beef Industry Center, Unit Supervisor: Beef and Sheep Research Centers - Wooster
Department of Animal Sciences
 
David Francis    CF
Professor
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
John Fulton    CF
Associate Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
 
Direcgtor/Dean
OSU Mansfield Campus
 
Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
John Gray    *BE
Associate Professor of Operations
Fisher College of Business
 
Director, Center for Applied Plant Sciences and Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Jose Guzman    CF
Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Timothy Haab    BE
Department Chair and Professor
Department of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics
 
Van R. Haden    CF
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Technical Institute
 
Bernadette Hanlon    AD
Assistant Professor
Knowlton School of Architecture, City and Regional Planning
 
Irene Hatsu    HN
Visiting Assistant Professor
Human Sciences Administration
 
Department Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Professor
Department of Political Science
 
Gregory Hitzhusen    PA/AD
Lecturer
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Mike Hogan    CF
Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension, Franklin County
 
Ayaz Hyder    HN
Assistant Professor
Affiliated Faculty, Translational Data Analytics
Environmental Health Sciences
College of Public Health
 
Elena Irwin    BE
Associate Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and Professor
Department of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics
 
Associate Professor, Extension Educator
Integrated Pest Management Program Coordinator
 

Joel Johnson   *CF/BE
Department Chair and Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Laura Joseph    AD
Assistant Director, CAS Staff
Center for African Studies
 
Gabe Karns    CF
Postdoctoral Researcher & Lecturer
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
FAES Grants and Contracts Administrator
Grant Development Support Unit
 
Nicholas Kawa    AD
Assistant Professor
Faculty
Department of Anthropology
 
Laura Kington    PA/HN
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Vegetable Specialist
Ohio State Extension
 
Keumseok (Peter) Koh
Post Doctoral Research
College of Public Health
 
Rattan Lal    CF
Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Director of Communications
Office of Energy and Environment
 
Clark Larsen    CF/AD/HN
Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Anthropology
 
Angela Latham
Program Coordinator
InFACT Discovery Theme
 
Jiyoung Lee    CF/HN
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
College of Public Health
 
Erin Lin    PA
Instructor
Political Science

Forbes Lipschitz    CF/AD
Assistant Professor
College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture
 
Linda Lobao    PA/AD
Chair, Rural Sociology Graduate Program and Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Anil Makhija    BE
Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business
Fisher College of Business
 
Chair and Professor
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
 
Ken Martin    PA/CF/BE
Chair and Associate Director of Programs
Ohio State Extension
 
Jay Martin    CF
Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
 
Laquore Meadows    AD
County Extension Director
Franklin County Extension
 
James Metzger    *CF
Chair and Professor
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Sally Miller    CF
Professor. Vegetable Pathology, Diagnostics, International Development
President-elect, American Phytopathological Society
Department of Plant Pathology
 
TDA@OhioState Program Director; Faculty Advisory Board Ex Officio
Translational Data Analytics
 
Richard Moore    CF/PA
Executive Director, OSU Environmental Sciences Network and Professor of Rural Sociology
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
 
Bobby Moser
Faculty Emeritus
Former Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
 
Chris Otter    AD
Associate Professor
Department of History
 
Efthimios Parasidis    PA
Associate Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law
 
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
 
Barbara Piperata    PA/HN
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
 
Nicole Pierron Rasul
Program Coordinator
InFACT Discovery Theme
 
Phyllis Pirie    HN
Professor, Faculty
Life Sciences Network
 
Zoe T. Plakias
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Agricultural, Environmental and Dev. Economics
 
Jason Reece    *PA/HN
Director of Research, Kirwan Institute
Moritz College of Law
 
Daniel Remley    PA/BE
Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition and Wellness
OSU South Centers
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
 
Mary Rodriguez    AD/HN
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
 
Karima Samadi   AD
HEAL MAPPS Research and Extension Coordinator, Voices for Food Project Coordinator
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
 
Hannah Scott    BE
Program Manager
OSU South Centers, Ohio Coop. Dev. Center
 
Ajay Shah    CF
Assistant Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
 
Scott Shearer    CF
Chair and Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
 
C. K. Shum    CF
Professor and Distinguished University Scholar
School of Earth Sciences
 
Brian Slater    CF
Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natual Resources
CFAES
 
Field Specialist, Youth Nutrition and Wellness
OSU Extension
 
Brent Sohngen    PA/CF
Professor
Department of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics
 
Annie Specht    AD
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
 
Maurice Stevens    PA/AD
Associate Professor
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Comparative Studies
 
Glennon Sweeney    PA/AD
Graduate Research Associate
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
 
Chris Taylor    *HN
Associate Professor of Medical Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
 
Christopher Taylor     CF/HN
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
 
Kareem Usher    *HN/PA
Postdoctoral Scholar, City and Regional Planning
Knowlton School of Architecture
 
Professor, Faculty
Department of Political Science
 
Assistant Professor-Clinical, Electrical & Computer Engr.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
Andrew Wapner    HN/PA
Assistant Professor - Practice
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Health Services Management and Policy
 
Andrew Ward    CF
Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
 
Peter Ward   BE
Richard M. Ross Chair in Management
Fisher College of Business
 
Professor
Environmental Health Services
College of Public Health
 
Kaiguang Zhao    CF
Assistant Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 

Students currently engaged with InFACT

Desiree Angelotta
Landscape Architecture

Andrew Barringer
Graduate Teaching Associate
Knowlton School of Architecture

Joshua Bates
Program Assistant
Kirwan Institute

Candace Black-Housh
Graduate Teaching Associate
Knowlton School of Architecture

Oscar Camancho-Cabrera
Student Assistant
Landscape Architecture

Joie Chan
Graduate Teaching Associate
Knowlton School of Architecture

Shelley Denison
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

James Dumbauld
Landscape Architecture

Mariel Fink
Landscape Architecture

Kristina Granlund
Graduate Teaching Associate Knowlton School of Architecture

Michelle Hand
PhD Student
College of Social Work

Kip Holley
Research Associate
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
 
Graduate Fellow
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio 4-H

Ryan Hillyer
Student Assistant
Knowlton School of Architecture

Jeffery Lape
Landscape Architecture

Ryan McKee
Student Assistant
Knowlton School of Architecture

Rachel Metzler
OSU Sstudent and Real Food Challenge

Katie Pettee

Landscape Architecture

Alex Pisha
Graduate Administrative Associate
Knowlton School of Architecture

Danyi Qi
Graduate Teaching Associate
College of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

Tameka Sims
Graduate Teaching Associate
Knowlton School of Architecture


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