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Kaiser, Michelle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - University of Missouri, Columbia, 2012 - Social Work
MPH - University of Missouri, Columbia, 2011 - Public Health
MSW - University of South Carolina, 2004 - Social Work
BA - University of Iowa, 2001 - Social Work

Areas of Expertise
Community food security measurement and intervention research
Sustainable community food systems
Social, economic, environmental, and food justice issues
Community-engaged research

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Food security/Food systems
Interdisciplinary work (social justice, public health, sustainability)
Community engagement/Community-based research methods


Dr. Michelle Kaiser’s community-engaged research is centered around community food security. This interdisciplinary framework allows for collaborative and innovative research alongside community and university partners utilizing Kaiser’s background in social work and public health. She trained at the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security and their Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems. At Ohio State, she has led the Food Mapping Team and been involved with many research teams through the Food Innovation Center and Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT). Kaiser is currently an evaluator for the USDA NIFA Community Food Projects grant for Franklinton Farms, a 2.5-acre urban farm,a consultant for the USDA CYFAR Food For a Long Life Project (PI: Jarrott), and a PI on a collaborative food hub project with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, OSU, Seminary Hill Farm, and Franklinton Farms. She is on the executive committee for InFACT and advises Maggie Griffin on her President’s Prize winning project, UNITY Fridge. In 2016, Kaiser was awarded OSU’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.