Baylor University aspires to leverage its capabilities and expertise to address systemic problems facing our world. THI is a project at Baylor University that implements strategies to alleviate hunger through research, education, policy, and community engagement. Our Research Fellows Program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to advancing research and classroom engagement on poverty and food insecurity topics. Research Fellows impact food insecurity through 1) the facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars and 2) the strategic dissemination of research findings to stakeholders and policymakers. 

Our current fellows are from Baylor University and also other colleges and universities across the country. They come from across disciplines and each bring unique insight toward solving the problem of food insecurity.

Research Fellows

Kathy Krey, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Administration
Jodien Johnson
Senior Fellow for Research and Evaluation
Erika L. Abel
Clinical Professor of Biology, Honors College, Baylor University
Nathan F. Alleman
Associate Professor, Higher Education Studies,
Baylor University
Joshua Been
Digital Scholarship Librarian, Baylor University
Stephanie Boddie
Assistant Professor, Church and Community Ministries,
Baylor University
Mackenzie Brewer
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Baylor University
Julia L. Carboni
Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University
Scott Cunningham
Associate Professor, Economics, Baylor University
Lisa De Leon
Ph.D. Candidate, Global Leadership and Change, Pepperdine University
Jenny Dyer
Executive Director, Hope Through Healing Hands
Emily English
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Linda K. English
Clinical Assistant Professor, Economics, and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Baylor University
Barbara H. Fiese
Director, Family Resiliency Center & Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, The University of Illinois
Deborah A. Frank
Director, Grow Clinic for Children, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
K. Leigh Greathouse
Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences - Health & Human Sciences, Baylor University
Stephanie Grutzmacher
Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Global Health
Greg Hamerly
Associate Professor, Computer Science, Baylor University
Ivy Orr Hamerly
Senior Lecturer, Political Science, and Director of the International Studies Program, Baylor University
Sarah Hamersma
Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University
Lisa Henry
Professor, Anthropology, University of North Texas
Victor J. Hinojosa
Associate Professor, Honors College, Baylor University
Van Pham Hoang
Professor, Economics, Baylor University
Andrew P. Hogue
Senior Lecturer, Honors College, and Director of the Philanthropy & Public Service Program, Baylor University
Michael Hole
Founder & Executive Director, The Impact Factory; Asst. Professor of Pediatrics, Population Health & Public Policy, Dell Medical School | Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Leslie Hossfeld
Dean, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University
David Kahle
Associate Professor, Statistical Science, Baylor University
Beth A. Lanning
Associate Professor, Public Health - Health & Human Sciences, and Director, Undergraduate Health Program, Baylor University
Hiram G. Larew
Former Director, International Programs, USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (retired)
Tammy C. Leonard
Chair and Associate Professor, University of Dallas
Patrick Lillard
Director of Local Education and Strategic Initiatives,
World Hunger Relief, Inc.
Christopher Long
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Ian McDonough
Associate Professor & S.J. Hall Faculty Fellow, Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eric Meyer
Associate Director, Warriors Research Institute; Clinical Research Psychologist, VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research of Returning War Veterans; Associate Research Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience, Baylor University
Dan Millimet
Professor, Economics, Southern Methodist University; Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics
George Naufal
Assistant Research Scientist, Public Policy Research Institute, Texas A&M University; Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics
Cassandra J. Nguyen
Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health, Elson S Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University
Linda Plank
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Clinica Associate Professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University
E. Clay Polson
Assistant Professor, Social Work, Baylor University
Sandi L. Pruitt
Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Lesa Scholl
Head of Kathleen Lumley College, University of Adelaide
Hilary Seligman
Associate Professor with appointments in the Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of California-San Francisco (UCSF)
Joseph R. Sharkey
Professor, Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University; Founding Director, Program for Research and Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition and Health Disparities Solutions
Jon E. Singletary
Professor and Dean, Social Work, Baylor University
John F. (Jeff) Tanner, Jr.
Dean, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University
Elaine Waxman
Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
Myles Werntz
Director of Baptist Studies and Associate Professor of Theology, Abilene Christian University
Matthew Whelan
Assistant Professor, Honors College
Gaynor Yancey
Professor and Master Teacher, Social Work; Director, Center for Family and Community Ministries; Faculty Regent, Baylor University
Kelly R. Ylitalo
Assistant Professor, Public Health - Health & Human Sciences, Baylor University


Graduate Fellows

Alonso Aravena
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, Baylor University
Leah Gatlin
Doctoral Candidate, Social Work, Baylor University
Jennifer Guerra
Doctoral Student, Learning and Organizational Change ,
Baylor University
Erin Nolen
Doctoral Candidate, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Kimberly Trevino
Doctoral Student, Community Analytics,
Baylor University
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