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Kasey Jernigan

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies


BA Oklahoma St University
MPH University Oklahoma
PHD University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kasey Jernigan

Kasey Jernigan (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) studies obesity, identity, and cultural uses of food among Oklahoma tribes. Her research examines the socio-cultural, economic, political, and historical influences, while centering tribal citizens’ personal stories and meaning-making in these processes. Using community-based, collaborative and participatory methods, she explores the ways shifting patterns of participation in food and nutrition assistance programs have shaped Indigenous foodways; how these foodways are linked to Indigenous bodies and health, particularly obesity and related conditions; and how foodways and bodies are intertwined with structural violence, identity, and heritage. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the USDA’s Economic Research Service RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies at Purdue University, and the Northwest Native American Research Center for Health. She received her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Graduate Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies. She also holds a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and completed the National Institutes of Health Native Researchers’ Certificate Program at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

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