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