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Kendall M. Thu

Northern Illinois University Professor Kendall M. Thu is a cultural anthropologist with specific interests in applied anthropology, food systems, public and environmental health, and the anthropology of sports. His research focuses on the relationships between industrialized food systems, the environment, public health, rural social dynamics and state power and policy.

Thu earned his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1992 from the University of Iowa. From 1993 to 1999 he served as associate director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, as a research scientist for the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. He joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University in the fall of 1999.

Thu is president of the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association, serves on the executive board of the Central States Anthropological Society and is a fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology. Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman appointed Thu to the National Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, a post he served from 1999 to 2000.

At NIU, Thu teaches courses in applied anthropology, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology and introductory cultural anthropology.

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