Mark Swanson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department:
Location:
Bowman Hall 332
Contact: | 859.218.2060

Education

 

PhD, Anthropology

University of Florida

 

MA, Anthropology

University of Florida

 

BA, Anthropology

University of Iowa

 

Dr. Mark Swanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. A cultural anthropologist, he is interested in the influence of social and physical environments on eating behaviors – particularly among children. Most of his research is conducted in eastern Kentucky, where he has worked for nearly 20 years on food, farming, and community development issues. Areas of particular focus include farm to school programs, community-based participatory research, and social marketing in public health. His current work is funded by the NIH and CDC, and focuses on farm-to-school programs, community-based participatory research, and social marketing to promote healthy eating behaviors.

Research Interests:
  • Eating behaviors
  • Anthropology
  • Children, teens, and adolescents
  • Appalachian health
  • Rural health disparities
  • Social marketing