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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
Community food security measurement
Community food security intervention research
Food security/Food access
Food security/Food access measurement
Food security/Food access intervention research
Community-University partnerships
Service-learning pedagogy
Community engagement/Community-based research methods
Food systems assessments

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 earned a BA in social work from the University of Iowa and an MSW from the University of South Carolina. She completed her PhD in social work an her MPH from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kaiser previously worked with an interdisciplinary team of researchers through her extensive involvement with MU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security and participated in university-community partnerships through the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems. She is an Associate Professor in OSU’s College of Social Work and part of several collaborative interdisciplinary funded research groups through OSU’s Food Innovation Center and OSU’S Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (inFACT). She is an evaluator for the USDA NIFA Community Food Projects (Project #: OHOW-2016-02514, Grant No. 2016-33800-25601) grant for Franklinton Gardens, a 2.5 -acre urban farm, and consultant for the USDA CYFAR Food For a Long Life project. Her research focuses on how communities can ensure safe, affordable healthy food for all residents grown in  a sustainable manner. Kaiser’s work related to food access, food mapping, chronic diseases in food pantry clients, community food assessments, and food coping strategies uniquely combines perspectives from such social work, public health, sustainable development, policy, and geography. Kaiser was also awarded a 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and is advising Maggie Griffin, one of two winners for the inaugural OSU President’s Prize in 2016-2017.