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

 
 

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
 
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
 
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
 
David Brillhart
Director, Business and Finance
Central Ohio Technical College
The Ohio State University Newark

Alexandra Bringer CF
Post Doctoral Researcher, Electroscience Lab
 
Julia Brown
Ohio Colleges of Medicine
Government Resource Center
Executive Director/President, BiOhio Research ParkOhio Agricultural Research and Development Center
 
Jeremy Bruskotter PA
Associate Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership
 
Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law
 
Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies
Department of Sociology
 
Assistant Professor
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
 
Amy Cohen BE
Professor
Moritz College of Law
 
Virginia Cope
Associate Dean and Associate Professor
The Ohio State University Newark
 
Associate Professor of Logistics
Fisher College of Business
 
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
 
Director, International Programs in Agriculture Office and Associate Professor
Ohio State Extension
 
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
 
Professor
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Associate Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
 
Director/Dean
OSU Mansfield Campus
 
Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Associate Professor
Dept. of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University Newark
 
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
 
Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Department Chair and Professor
Department of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics
 
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
 
Donald Haurin
Professor Emeritus
Department of Economics
 
Department Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Professor
Department of Political Science
 
Assistant Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Mike Hogan CF
Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator
OSU Extension, Franklin County
 
Assistant Professor
Affiliated Faculty, Translational Data Analytics
Environmental Health Sciences
College of Public Health
 
Associate Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and Professor
Department of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics
 
James Jaskinski CF
Associate Professor, Extension Educator
Integrated Pest Management Program Coordinator
 
Department Chair and Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
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
 
Assistant Professor
Faculty
Department of Anthropology
 
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Vegetable Specialist
Ohio State Extension
 
Keumseok (Peter) Koh
Post Doctoral Research
College of Public Health
 
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
 
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
College of Public Health
 
Instructor
Political Science

Forbes Lipschitz CF/AD
Assistant Professor
College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture
 
Chair, Rural Sociology Graduate Program and Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Cazilia Loibl
Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Sciences
College of Education and Human Ecology, OSU Extension, OARDC
 
William MacDonald
Dean and Director, The Ohio State University Newark
Executive Dean of the Regional Campuses
 
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
 
Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
 
Laquore Meadows AD
County Extension Director
Franklin County Extension
 
Chair and Professor
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
 
Professor, Vegetable Pathology, Diagnostics, Intl. Dev.
President-elect, American Phytopathological Society
Department of Plant Pathology
 
TDA@OhioState Program Director; Faculty Advisory Board Ex Officio
Translational Data Analytics
 
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
 
Stephanie Moulton
Associate Professor
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
 
Associate Professor
Department of History
 
Efthimios Parasidis PA
Associate Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law
 
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
 
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
 
Nicole Pierron Rasul
Program Coordinator
InFACT Discovery Theme
 
Professor, Faculty
Life Sciences Network
 
Zoe T. Plakias
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Agricultural, Environmental and Dev. Economics
 
Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist
Community Development
 
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
 
Andy Roberts
Associate Professor and Research Coordinator
The Ohio State University Newark
 
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
 
Matt Russo
Central Ohio Technical College
The Ohio State University Newark
 
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
 
Assistant Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
 
Chair and Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
 
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
 
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
 
Nathaniel Swigger
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University Newark
 
Associate Professor of Medical Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
 
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
 
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
 
Assistant Professor - Practice
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Health Services Management and Policy
 
Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
 
Richard M. Ross Chair in Management
Fisher College of Business
 
Professor
Environmental Health Services
College of Public Health
 
Wendy Xu
Assistant Professor
Division of Health Services Mangement and Policy
College of Public Health
 
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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