Jessie K. Fly
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office: Seibert Humanities, rm. 100B
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Ph.D., University of Georgia, Anthropology
B.A., Hendrix College, Biology
Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Southeast Asian Area Studies, Anthropological Research Methods, Medical Anthropology, Sustainable Development, Cultural Anthropology Seminar
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, a longitudinal study of national development strategies, household food security, and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in documenting the decision-making process by which women continually shuffle their households’ resources to provide for the needs of their family members, cope with economic stress, and negotiate changing environmental conditions. Additionally, my work in Vietnam and Uganda interested me in food insecurity and coping strategies among the elderly and other vulnerable populations. I am exploring this issue in St. Petersburg through work with Saint Pete Abundance, a volunteer gleaning program that collects extra fruits and vegetables from the urban environment and donates them to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank.
2013 "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.