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Kaiser, Michelle, PhD

Kaiser, Michelle, PhD

Associate Professor

Pronouns: She/Her

614-688-8363 |

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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 recently completed a collaborative food hub project with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, OSU, Seminary Hill Farm, and Franklinton Farms (PI) and an evaluation for the USDA NIFA Community Food Projects grant for Franklinton Farms, a 2.5-acre urban farm. She is currently engaged in an Outreach and Engagement grant with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association related to farmers/producers and mental health, as well as an Outreach and Engagement collaborative research project with Glenn College, OSU Outreach and Engagement, and Knowlton School of Architecture’s City and Regional Planning related to community perspectives on the roles of land-grant institutions in Columbus. She advises Maggie Griffin on her President’s Prize winning project, UNITY Fridge. In 2016, Kaiser was awarded OSU’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.


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