Urban CFAES Hires

Monday, June 05th, 2023

Here are recent CFAES urban-related hires. Some of these hires are part of the RAISE initiative. Through the Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) initiative, Ohio State is enhancing its world-class research program on race, inclusion, and social equity. Additional hires are in progress and will be posted soon. 

Several of these individuals will be in attendance at the July 14 Urban Ag Team Meeting in Columbus. Let Michelle Gaston know if you are interested in attending.

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) recently welcomed Assistant Professor Jared Grant. Grant received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, from the University of Georgia. Grant’s research interests include food accessibility, food security, economics of trust, and behavioral economics. His current work includes creating a variation of the Trust Game that implements a Bayesian game theoretic model that imbeds residents’ trust in government and store operators’ decisions to open and maintain grocery stores in a low income and low food access area.

Dr. Fernanda Krupek will be joining Horticulture & Crop Science (HCS) in August 2023 as an Assistant Professor and Urban Food Systems Horticulturalist. The Urban Food Systems position is new and provides HCS an opportunity to engage with new audiences throughout Ohio. Fernanda recently completed her Ph.D. in Crop Physiology and Production at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her Dissertation focused on Experimentation on Nebraska Farms for Sustaining Soil Health Management (2023). Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Krupek received her M.S. (Thesis: Vine Defoliation Management for Improved Harvest and Storage Quality of Early-Season Fresh-Market Potato) from the University of Florida (2019) and B.S. (Agronomy) from the University of Sao Paulo (2016).