Joeva Rock Bio PicHello! I’m an anthropologist interested in how international development shapes African foodways, political institutions and environmental governance.

To date, my research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays Program and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and featured in Culture, Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentGlobal BioethicsThe NationPopula; and Foreign Policy in Focus. I also serve as a contributor to Africa is a Country, where I write on issues related to development, agriculture, and social change.

I’m currently a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of International Studies at the University of San Francisco where I’m completing my book project. The manuscript, tentatively titled We are not starving: the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in Ghana, is an ethnography of Ghanaian activists, farmers, scientists and officials embroiled in intense debates over agricultural futures, national development and political sovereignty.

I am also a Professorial Lecturer in the Health Inequity and Care Program at American University (Department of Anthropology) where I teach courses on globalization, social movements and political-economic determinants of health.

I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, and hold a PhD in Anthropology from American University.

My full CV can be found here and I tweet regularly here.