Food and AgriCultural Transformation Directory

Leadership Team

InFACT Staff

Grants and Contracts Specialist

Elysabeth Bonar Bouton, MS, CRA

Office Associate

Cheryl Fischnich

Program Coordinator

Dana Hilfinger

Program Coordinator

Angela Latham, MPA

Executive Committee

College of Engineering Walter H. Kidd Professor of Architecture and Director Knowlton School of Architecture (AD)

Michael Cadwell, FAIA

Max M. Fisher College of Business Professor, Management Sciences Department (BE)

John Gray, PhD, MBA

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Director, Humanities Institute and Senior Lecturer (AD/PA)

Robert Livingston, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (CF)

Kristin Mercer, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Department Chair, Professor (AD)

Michael Mercil, MFA

College of Medicine Assistant Professor, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (HN/PA)

Colleen Spees, PhD

Hiring Cluster Affiliations

InFACT-affiliated faculty associated with the hiring clusters can be viewed from these links.

Policy & Planning (PA)
Business Ecosystems (BE)
Climate Resilient Agriculture (CF)
Health and Nutrition (HN)
Culture, Art and Design (AD)
* Cluster Group Leads

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Faculty Hires

Max M. Fisher College of Business Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources (BE)

Andrea Contigiani

College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition Policy (HN/PA)

Jennifer Garner

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Professor, Agricultural, Environmental, and Dev. Economics (BE/PA)

Wuyang Hu, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources (BE/HN)

Shoshanah Inwood, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology (AD)

Nicholas Kawa, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, Agricultural Sensing for Sustainability Indicators

Sami Khanal

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor of Political Science (PA)

Erin Lin, PhD

College of Engineering Assistant Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture (CF/AD)

Forbes Lipschitz, MLA

Max M. Fisher College of Business Assistant Professor of Management and HR (BE)

Elena Plaksenkova

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor of Soil Science and Rhizosphere Processes

Christine Sprunger

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology (PA)

Kara Young, PhD

Our Team

College of Arts and Sciences College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Director of the Center for African Studies (Policy and Planning/Climate Resilient Agriculture)

Robert Agunga, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Visiting Scholar (CF/BE/PA)

Adriana Alfaro Inocente

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology (PA)

Kerry Ard, PhD

College of Engineering Research Scientist, ElectroScience Laboratory

Christopher Ball

Office of Research Associate Director, Office of Energy and Environment

Kate Bartter, BS

College of Education and Human Ecology Interim Assistant Director, FCS Leader (PA/HN)

Pat Bebo, RD

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Alison Bennett

College of Public Health Associate Professor, Sr. Associate Dean & Director, Academic Affairs (HN)

Michael Bisesi, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences MFA, MLA, Fine Art/Landscape Architecture

Candace Black, MFA, MLA

John Glenn College of Public Affairs Program Coordinator, Mershon Center for International Security Studies (PA)

Steven Blalock, MA

College of Engineering Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture (AD)

Jacob Boswell, MLA, MCRP

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor, OSU Extension Community Development (BE/PA)

Nancy Bowen-Ellzey

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

David Brillhart

College of Engineering Post Doctoral Researcher, Electroscience Lab (CF)

Alexandra Bringer, PhD

College of Medicine Government Resource Center (HN)

Julia Brown

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership (PA)

Emily Buck, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (CF)

John Cardina, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies (PA)

John Casterline, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Professor, Anthropology (CF/AD/BE/HN)

Jeffrey Cohen

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science/Food Science & Technology

Jessica Cooperstone, PhD

The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Dean & Associate Professor (AD)

Virginia Cope, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor & State Specialist in Soil Fertility (CF)

Steve Culman, PhD

The Ohio State University at Mansfield Assistant Professor of Environmental History (PA/CF)

Kip Curtis, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor in Parks, Protected Areas, Natural Resources Management (CF)

Alia Dietsch, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Darren Drewry

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Director, International Programs in Agriculture Office and Associate Professor (CF)

Mark Erbaugh, PhD

College of Engineering Assistant Professor-Clinical, Electrical & Computer Engr. (CF)

Lisa Fiorentini, PhD

College of Veterinary Medicine Program Head of Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Medicine & Ecosystem Health Residency (CF)

Mark Flint

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Research Professor, Coordinator - Ohio Beef Industry Center (CF)

Francis Fluharty, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Professor, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (CF)

David Francis, PhD

College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor, Veterinary Preventive Medicine (CF/PA)

Rebecca Garabed

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor & Wildlife Extension Specialist (CF)

Stan Gehrt, PhD

College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor - Professional Practice, Animal Sciences (CF/PA/HR)

Kelly A. George

The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (CF)

Karen Goodell, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department Chair and Professor of Agricutural, Environmental, and Development Economics (BE)

Timothy Haab, PhD

College of Education and Human Ecology Assisant Professor, Human Sciences (HN)

Drew Hanks

College of Engineering Assistant Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture (AD)

Bernadette Hanlon, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Development Program Specialist, CFAES Center for Cooperatives (BE/PA/HN)

Ivory Harlow

College of Arts and Sciences Department Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences (PA)

Richard Herrmann, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources (PA/AD)

Gregory Hitzhusen, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension (CF)

Mike Hogan, MS

College of Public Health Assistant Professor & Affiliated Faculty, Translational Data Analytics Env. Health Sciences (HN)

Ayaz Hyder, PhD

College of Education and Human Ecology Assistant Professor, Human Sciences (HN)

Sanja Ilic

College of Engineering Department Chair and Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (*CF/BE)

Joel Johnson, PhD

College of Public Health Associate Professor, Clinical Public Health, Health Behavior Health Promotion (HN and PA)

Gail Kaye

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science & Technology

Matthias Klein, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (CF)

Rattan Lal, PhD

Office of Academic Affairs Director of Communications, Office of Energy and Environment

Gina Langen, MA

College of Arts and Sciences Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CR/AD/HN)

Clark Larsen, PhD

College of Public Health Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences (CF/HN)

Jiyoung Lee, PhD

Associate Dean, Lima Campus

Fabio Leite

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor, Crop Ecophysiology and Agronomy (CF)

Alex Lindsey, PhD

College of Education and Human Ecology Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Sciences (HN)

Caezilia Loibl, PhD

The Ohio State University at Newark Dean and Director, and Executive Dean of the Regional Campuses (AD)

William MacDonald, PhD

Max M. Fisher College of Business Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business (BE)

Anil Makhija, PhD, MBA

College of Arts and Sciences Chair and Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (CF)

Elizabeth Marschall, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Chair and Associate Director of Programs, Ohio State Extension (PA/CF/BE)

Ken Martin, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Chair and Professor, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (*CF)

James Metzger, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Professor, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (CF)

Frederick C. Michel, Jr.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Professor, Vegetable Pathology, Diagnostics, Intl. Dev. (CF)

Sally Miller, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Executive Director, OSU Environmental Sciences Network and Professor of Rural Sociology (CF/PA)

Richard H. Moore, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Matthijs (Mark) Moritz, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Faculty Emeritus and Former Dean

Bobby Moser, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Department of History (AD)

Chris Otter, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Faculty Director, Foods For Health and Director, Flavor Research and Ed. Center

Devin Peterson

College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology (PA/HN)

Barbara Piperata, PhD

College of Public Health Professor, Life Sciences Network (HN)

Phyllis Pirie, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community Development (BE)

Brian Raison, PhD

College of Engineering Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Section (*PA/HN)

Jason Reece, PhD, MCRP

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor of Food, Nutrition and Wellness, OSU South Centers (BE/PA/HN)

Daniel Remley, PhD, MSPH

The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Professor and Research Coordinator (CF)

Andy Roberts, PhD

Professor
Food Science and Technology

Luis Rodriguez-Saona

The Ohio State University at Newark Assistant Professor, COTC

Matt Russo

College of Education and Human Ecology College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences HEAL MAPPS Research and Extension Coordinator, Voices for Food Project Coordinator (AD)

Karima Samadi , MPH, CHES

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Program Manager, OSU South Centers, Ohio Coop. Dev. Center (BE)

Hannah Scott, MS

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Professor of Rural Sociology (PA/HN)

Jeff S. Sharp, PhD

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Chair and Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (CF)

Scott Shearer, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, School of Earth Sciences (CF)

C. K. Shum, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture (CF/AD)

Halina Steiner

College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (PA/AD)

Maurice Stevens, PhD

Office of Academic Affairs Senior Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (PA/AD)

Glennon Sweeney, MA

College of Engineering Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning (*HN/PA)

Kareen Usher, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Professor, Department of Political Science (PA)

Daniel Verdier, PhD

College of Engineering Assistant Professor, Clinical, Electrical & Computer Engr. (CF/BE)

Wladimiro Villarroel, JD

College of Medicine College of Public Health Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Practice (HN/PA)

Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH

Max M. Fisher College of Business Richard M. Ross Chair in Management (BE)

Peter Ward, DBA

College of Education and Human Ecology Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Sciences (CF/AD/HN/PA/BE)

Deanna L. Wilkinson

College of Veterinary Medicine Professor, Veterinary Preventive Medicine (CF/HN)

Thomas Wittum

College of Public Health Assistant Professor, Division of Health Services Mangement and Policy (PA)

Wendy Xu, PhD

External Partners

Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Program Manager, Rural Action

Joe Barbaree

Senior Economist - Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, The World Bank

Andrew Beath

Food Partners Access Coordinator, The Applachian Center for Economic Networks

Carrie Carson

General Manager, Local Food Connection LLC

Alice Chalmers

Chairman of Community Gardens, LACNIP

Rob Cotrell

Regional Director, South & Southeast Asia; Cambodia Director, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Greg Crowther

Soil Applications Coordinator, City of Columbus DOSD

Heather Curtis

Director, Vocational Discernment and Community Engagement, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Kathy Dickson

Master in Science, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Maria Fernanda Herce Sanchez

Wilks Family Director, The McHarg Center
Ian McHarg Center, Univ. of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design

Billy Fleming

Soil Scientist - Systems Agronomist, CIMMYT

David Guerena

Regulatory Services Officer and BM Farm Africa Director, Sugar Board of Tanzania

Bahati Hakimu

Chief Executive Officer, West Ohio Food Bank

Linda Hamilton

NECIC Communications Coordinator, North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Candace Harrell

Registered Dietitian

Mary Louise Hawkins

Visiting Assistant Professor - Denison University, Environmental Studies

Thomas Henshaw

Donation Station Program Director, Community Food Initiatives

Susie Huser

Assistant Professor, University at Albany

Shiguo Jiang, PhD

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Unviersity of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sarah Karle

Teaching Garden Coordinator, North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Mona Kneuss

Executive Director, Community Food Initiatives

MaryAnn Martinez

Health Educator - Creating Healthy Communities Program Coordinator, Allen Co. Public Health

Shelly Miller

Associate Professor
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, UC Davis

Brett Milligan

Professor, Department of Telecommunications and Communications Networks, The Univ. of Dodoma

Aloys Mvuma

Assistant Professor of Theology, Ecology and Race, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, PhD

Consultant, Analyst, Independent consultant, mine action and development

Robert Edward (Ted) Paterson

Manager of Farm and Food, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Tadd Peterson

Executive Director, StarkFresh

Tom Phillips

Nicole M. Pierron Rasul, MPA

Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Academic Dept., Rural Action

Tom Redfern

M&E Specialist, United Nations Development Program; Cambodia Mine Action Authority

Sron Samrithea

Director of Programs, ACEnet

Leslie Schaller

Executive Director, Franklinton Farms

Nick Stanich

Assistant Professor
Mississippi State University

Peter Summerlin

Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Methodist Theological School of Ohio

Tim Van Meter, PhD, M.Div.

Founder and Executive Director, North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Deanna West-Torrence

Assoc. Academic Dean & Assoc. Professor of Christian Ethics, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Yvonne Zimmerman

PhD Student, College of Social Work

Michelle Hand

Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Kip Holley

Graduate Fellow, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ohio 4-H

Dustin Homan

Environmental Science Graduate Program

Jane Karetny

Best Food Forward

President and Co-Founder

Corey Keyser

Graduate Student

Kichan Kim

Student Assistant, Knowlton School of Architecture

Ryan McKee

Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Graduate Research Associate

Sarah R. Mielke, MPH

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

Danyi Qi

Graduate Teaching Associate, Knowlton School of Architecture

Tameka Sims

Environment & Natural Resources

Student

Thelma Velez