Kasey Jernigan


email: kjernigan@gmail.com



Critical biocultural anthropology; Native American and Indigenous health and well-being; political economy; food sovereignty; critical heritage studies; historical trauma; applied anthropology



Degrees Earned

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Oklahoma State University 2001

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2005


Tom Leatherman, PhD, UMass Department of Anthropology

Jane Anderson, PhD, Department of Anthropology, New York University

Lisa Wexler, PhD, UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences


Biography and Research Interests

Kasey Jernigan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned her 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. She is a National Academies Ford Foundation Fellow and a Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Fellow. Her research is focused on participatory action research with Indigenous communities for social justice and improved health outcomes, focusing on the historical and contemporary social determinants of health. Her dissertation research is examining the linkages between obesity, cultural identity, and food distribution programs among tribal communities in Oklahoma. She recently received a dissertation fellowship from the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, funded by the USDA, Economic Research Service.



Gubrium, AC, Fiddian-Green A., Jernigan, K., Krause, EL. (n.d.). Bodies as evidence: Mapping new terrain for teen pregnancy and parenting. Journal of Global Public Health, In review.

Jernigan K., Wexler L. (n.d.). The economics of culture: Investigating how material resources expand or limit Alaska Native young people's cultural identity narratives. Journal of Adolescent Research, In review. Leatherman T, Jernigan K. (2014). Introduction: Critical biocultural approaches to health disparities. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 38(2): 171-186.

Leatherman T, Jernigan K. (2014). The reproduction of poverty and poor health in spaces of vulnerability: A critical biocultural approach. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 38(2): 284-299.

Gubrium, AC, Krause, EL, Jernigan, K. (2014). Strategic authenticity and voice: New ways of seeing and being seen as a young mother through digital storytelling. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 1-11.

Wexler L, Jernigan K, Mazziotti J, Baldwin E, Griffin M. (2014). Lived Challenges and Getting Through Them: Alaska Native Youth Narratives As a Way to Understand Resilience. Health Promotion Practice, 15(1): 10-7.

Lasch KE, Hassan M, Endicott J, Piault-Luis EC, Locklear J, Fitz-Randolph M, Pathak S, Hwang S, Jernigan K. (2012). Developmental and Content Validity of a Patient Reported Outcomes Measure to Assess Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. BMC Psychiatry, 12(34).