Faculty & Staff

Kendall M. Thu

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1992; Professor

Professor Thu is a cultural anthropologist with specific interests in applied anthropology, food systems, public and environmental health, the anthropology of sports, North America, and Northern Europe. His research focuses on the relationships between industrialized food systems, the environment, public health, rural social dynamics, and state power and policy. He is currently Editor of the journal Culture & Agriculture, serves on the Board of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, and is a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology. He has chaired the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Public Policy, served on the Board and President of the Culture and Agriculture section, and served on the Executive Board of the Central States Anthropological Society. Professor Thu teaches courses in applied anthropology, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, the anthropology of food, American culture, introductory cultural anthropology, and anthropology and human diversity.

Selected Publications

2009
The Centralization of Food Systems and Political Power. Culture & Agriculture. 31:23-37.

2008
Integrating Epidemiology, Education, and Organizing for Environmental Justice:Community Health Effects of Industrial Hog Operations. American Journal of Public Health 98:1390-1397. With S. Wing, R. Avery, N. Muhammad, G. Grant, and M. Tajik.

2008
Farm activities associated with eye injuries in the Agricultural Health Study. Journal of Agromedicine 13(1):17-22. With N. Sprince, C. Zwerling, P. Whitten, C. Lynch, L. Burmeister, P. Gillette, and M. Alavanja.

2008
Impact of Odor from Industrial Hog Operations on Daily Living Activities. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 18(2):193-205. With M. Tajik, N. Muhammad, S. Wing, and G. Grant.

2007
Assessment of Air Quality at Neighbor Residences in the Vicinity of Swine Production Facilities. Journal of Agromedicine 11(3/4): 15-24. With K. Donham, J. Lee, and S. Reynolds.

2007
Risk factors for low back injury among farmers in Iowa: A case-control study nested in the Agricultural Health Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 4:10-16. With N. Sprince, P. Hyesook, C. Zwerling, P. Whitten, C. Lynch, L. Burmeister, P. Gillette, and M. Alavanja.

2006
Agriculture In Culture. Culture & Agriculture 28(1):25-27.

2006
Industrial Agriculture: Pig Prison or Hog Hotel? In: Encyclopedia of the Midwest. R. Sisson, C. Zacher, and A. Cayton, Editors. Pp. 1025-1026. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.

2006
Community Health and Socioeconomic Issues Surrounding CAFOs. Environmental Health Perspectives. 115(2):317-320. With K. J. Donham, S. Wing, D. Osterberg, J. L. Flora, C. Hodne, and P. Thorne.

2003
Risk factors for animal-related injury among Iowa livestock farmers: A case-control study nested in the Agricultural Health Study. Journal of Rural Health 19(2): 165-173. With N. Sprince, H. Park, C. Zwerling, C. Lynch, P. Whitten, L. Burmeister, P. Gillette, and M. Alavanja.

2002
Keeping the Game Close: Fair Play Among Men's College Basketball Referees. With K. Hattmann, V. Hutchinson, S. Lueken, N. Davis, and E. Linboom. Human Organization 61(1) 1-8. (PDF 39k)

2002
Public Health Concerns for Neighbors of Large-Scale Swine Production Operations. Journal of Agricultural Society and Health 8(2): 175-184.

2002
Certified Safe Farm: Using Health Insurance Incentives to Promote Agricultural Safety and Health (with S. Schneiders, K. Donham, P. Hilaenath, and N. Roy). Journal of Agromedicine 8(1): 25-36.

2001
Agriculture, the Environment, and Sources of State Ideology and Power. Culture Agriculture 23(1) 1-7.

1999
Cultural Challenges in Agricultural Health. Journal of Agromedicine 5(4): 85-89.

1998
The Health Consequences of Industrialized Agriculture for Farmers in the United States. Human Organization 57(3): 335-341.

1998
Pigs, Profits, and Rural Communities. K. Thu and E.P. Durrenberger, editors. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

1997
Health Problems and Disease Patterns. In The International Labor Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, 4th Edition. With C. Zwerling, and K. Donham. Geneva, Switzerland: ILO.

1996
What's a Year's Work Worth?: The Influence of the State on Cultural Constructs of Farming in Norway. Human Organization 55(3): 300-308.