David Himmelgreen


David Himmelgreen is a professor (and former chair, 2014-20) in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities at the University of South Florida (USF). He is a nutritional anthropologist with expertise in maternal-child nutrition, growth and development, food insecurity, dietary change, and community nutrition and health promotion programming. He has conducted research in Costa Rica, Lesotho, India, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Himmelgreen worked as Associate Director of Research at the Hispanic Health Council (HHC) in Hartford, CT from 1994 to 1998. While at the HHC, he conducted research on HIV/AIDS prevention programs (e.g., Needle Exchange) and worked closely with colleagues from the University of Connecticut on community nutrition programs aimed at understanding and addressing the impact of food insecurity on maternal and child health. This included early research on the food choices and nutritional health of food insecure out-of-treatment substance users with children. In 1998, Himmelgreen became a faculty member in anthropology at USF. From 2001 to 2015, he co-directed a community health field school in Monteverde, Costa Rica which was funded by a National Science Foundation (USF) grant (2012-15). Himmelgreen recently ended his term as co-editor of the journal Human Organization (2019-2022) and served as co-editor for the Annals of Anthropological Practice (2008-2014). He currently is an associate editor for Ecology of Food and Nutrition (2009-present). Since 2015, he has collaborated with Feeding Tampa Bay and other local and national organizations (Feeding America) on multiple food insecurity projects. Himmelgreen has over 120 publications and has received funding from the NSF, U.S. Department of Agriculture, UNICEF, Fulbright Program, and various state agencies and private and corporate foundations.

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