Ohio State has named Andrea Rissing, who received her BA in anthropology from Iowa's Grinnell College and her PhD in anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta, as one of its 10 President’s Postdoctoral Scholars for 2019. Douglas Jackson-Smith, professor of water security in CFAES' School of Environment and Natural Resources, will serve as her faculty mentor. Ohio State launched the postdoctoral scholars program in 2018 to recognize outstanding young researchers and to help recruit highly qualified postdoctoral trainees who will become leaders in their fields.
Rissing is a cultural and economic anthropologist whose research focuses on critical agrarian studies, sustainable food systems, alternative economies, and political economies of industrial agricuture in the United States. At Ohio State, she will explore the socioeconomic factors that lead some beginning farmers to leave agriculture while other new farmers, apparently running similar operations, continue to farm.