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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.


  • PhD, Anthropology
    • University of Florida
  • MA, Anthropology
    • University of Florida
  • BA, Anthropology
    • University of Iowa

Research Interests

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