University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Jason S. Parker, Ph.D.


Jason S. Parker, Research Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Environmental Anthropology, Ohio State University 2006
  • M.A. Anthropology, Ohio State University 1999
  • B.A. Anthropology, Youngstown State 1995
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Anthropology, Natural Resources, Food Safety, Food Systems.

Dr. Jason Parker is an assistant research professor in Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. As an agricultural anthropologist, Dr. Parker's primary research interests are understanding decision-making, perceptions and beliefs, and risk communication of farm households and communities as they relate to agricultural problems. He approaches this work through the lenses of scale, diversity, and land tenure characteristics using participatory research and development approaches to understanding food systems, agricultural and other natural resource issues including: conservation adoption, social sustainability, food safety, farm labor, agroecosystems health, livestock biosecurity, and food waste composting. Using multiple forms of qualitative and quantitative (narrative, observation, numeric), geographic, and documentary forms of data for qualitative, quantitative, and spatial analyses, his research has been funded by five USDA AFRI and SARE programs over the past five years..

Contact Information
Office Hours: by appointment

Recent Publications:

2013. J.S. Parker. “Integrating Culture and Community into Environmental Policy: Balancing the benefits of agency and locally led watershed management and decision making.” Agriculture and Human Values 30(2): 159-178.

2012. J.S. Parker, R. Wilson, J. LeJeune, and D. Doohan. “Including growers in the ‘food safety’ conversation: Enhancing the design and implementation of food safety programming based on farm and marketing needs of fresh fruit and vegetable producers.” Agriculture and Human Values 29(3): 303-319.

2012. J.S. Parker, R. Wilson, L. Rivers III, J. LeJeune, and D. Doohan. “An expert guide to understanding grower decisions related to fresh fruit and vegetable contamination prevention and control.” Food Control 26(1): 107-116.