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Anthropology

Anthropology

Jessie K. Fly

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Jessie K. FlyOffice: Seibert Humanities, rm. 100B
Phone: 727-864-8214
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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Anthropology
B.A., Hendrix College, Biology

Courses Offered

Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Southeast Asian Area Studies, Anthropological Research Methods, Medical Anthropology, Sustainable Development, Cultural Anthropology Seminar

Research

I specialize in environmental anthropology, with an emphasis on household food security as it relates to national and global economic pressures. I conducted my dissertation research in Vietnam, where I studied differential livelihood vulnerability created by national economic reform in a small coastal village in the Mekong Delta. Using qualitative and quantitative field methods, I investigated the linkages between governmental policies encouraging shrimp aquaculture and access to the resources needed by members of the local community to construct viable and sustainable livelihoods. I have also conducted ethnographic research on private landowners' decision making about conservation in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and tree ring analysis of the environmental history of western North Carolina. Most recently, I assisted a year-long research project concerned with food security, social capital, and mountain microclimates on the border of Uganda and Kenya.

I am continuing my work in Vietnam, researching national development strategies, household food security, and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in documenting the delicate balancing act performed by women as they constantly shuffle the household's resources to provide for the needs of their family members, meet the goals of the household, and cope with economic stress. I also intend to begin a new domestic research agenda, specifically in support of undergraduate research experience. My work in Vietnam and Uganda interested me in food insecurity and coping strategies among the elderly, a topic I would like to pursue with students in the Tampa Bay Area.

Publications

In Press "Aquaculture and Debt: Undermining Sustainability in the Mekong Delta," with H.A. Vu, in Growing Sustainable Communities: A Development Guide for Southeast Asia. Prahran, Australia: Tilde University Press.

2012 "Coping with Golden Forests and Blue Revolutions: Livelihoods Vulnerability in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam," Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia.

The Eckerd Experience

Ruby Bielik '11, anthropology and International Business double major, discusses her Eckerd experience and career aspirations. Ruby was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and she won the 2011 Ken Keeton Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement, the highest honor of the Comparative Cultures Collegium.

Life After Eckerd

Eckerd anthropology graduates have an outstanding record of achievement in graduate school, civil service, and multiple career fields. In the last decade, our alumni have entered graduate and professional programs across the country in a variety of disciplines. Learn more.