WHO policy implementation research in 2020-21

Exciting news – I’m on research leave in 2020-2021 to lead the WHO study “Policy Implementation – Access to Safe Abortion Services in the Republic of Ireland,” which examines barriers and facilitators to policy implementation since the start of service in 2019. I am the Principal Investigator for our international team of researchers based mainly in Ireland, but also in the US, and the UK.

I am also continuing my collaborative work with colleagues in Spain, Italy, and France.

This also means I’m not teaching any courses until fall 2021.

All the best and stay well!

Food justice? Racial justice? – C.A.F.E. journal interview with Sarah Davenport, Oct. 2019

The Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment journal editors published an interview with Sarah Davenport, former honors student and now a PhD student at Brown University, about her research and article “Whose Sustainability? An Analysis of a Community Farming Program’s Food Justice and Environmental Sustainability Agenda,” (2019, 41(1):56-65).

She summarizes her work as follows: “My research agenda is broadly concerned with black and brown liberation, food and environmental justice, and agroecology. This article is part of the foundation of my research agenda; it scrutinizes that which is taken for granted as ‘good’ (sustainability) and brings light to issues which have long been neglected in black and brown communities across the United States.”

Sarah’s doctoral research is in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. The full interview is here.    

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Caleb Hernandez, Anthropology Honors Student, Wins a Research Award

SURE Project

Honors student Caleb Hernandez, an Anthropology Major and Creative Writing Minor, was recognized with the Judges’ Choice Award and  Scholarship at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence in April 2019 for his Honors Thesis research titled, “Experiences of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Latinx People in Healthcare” which can be accessed here https://stars.library.ucf.edu/honorstheses/472/

Caleb graduated with honors in May 2019.

2 students win UCF Founders’ Day Outstanding Theses Awards

Deven Gray, former MA in anthropology student, won the University Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis for: “Managing an Epidemic: Zika Interventions and Community Responses in Belize.” This is the top UCF recognition for best MA thesis in Social Science, Humanities, Education, Business, Art and Health. One winner per year is chosen by the UCF Graduate Council. Congrats Deven! Deven is now a PhD anthropology student at the University of South Florida, concurrently earning a Masters in Pubic Health.  Deven published his thesis in a peer-reviewed journal:

2018 Gray, Deven, and Joanna Mishtal. “Managing an Epidemic: Zika Interventions and Community Responses in Belize.” Global Public Health Journal 14(1):9-22.

Sarah Davenport, former Honors anthropology student, won the University Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis in the category of Social Sciences, Business, and Education, for thesis: “Whose Sustainability? An Examination of Environmental Equity and Sustainability in Practice in Central Florida.” One winner per year is chosen by the Burnett Honors College. Sarah published her thesis in a peer-reviewed journal:

2019 Davenport, Sarah, and Joanna Mishtal. “Whose Sustainability? An Analysis of a Community Farming Program’s Food Justice and Environmental Sustainability Agenda,” Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment. Online early view: Feb. 14, 2019.


Founders’ Day Award Ceremony at the Burnett House, UCF, March 29, 2019.

Founders Day Awards

Nice celebration at the Burnett House with students, family, and friends. March 29, 2019.