by Tom Parisi
NIU anthropologist Kendall Thu has been appointed editor of “Culture and Agriculture,” a national peer-reviewed journal that has a readership among anthropologists and archaeologists, as well as researchers and practitioners in sociology, agricultural economics, food studies and policy sciences.
The journal now will be housed in the NIU Department of Anthropology.
“Manuscripts will be sent here to initiate the review process and the first phase of the actual journal production. I’m looking forward to involving students so they can experience the peer-review process from the inside,” Thu said. “I particularly appreciate the support of the anthropology department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in bringing the journal here.”
Central to the journal’s mission is work exploring the connections between environment, ecology, agriculture and aqua-cultural practices, fisheries, natural resources, food processing and nutrition, as they relate to cultural dimensions of gender, class, property relations and labor processes.
“Culture and Agriculture” is published three times a year by the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association.
“While first and foremost a reflection of Kendall Thu’s standing among his peers, this appointment also points to the strength of the anthropology department at NIU,” said Christopher McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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 has served as president of the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association and on the executive board of the Central States Anthropological Society. He is a fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology. He teaches courses in applied anthropology, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology and introductory cultural anthropology.