David Fazzino, chair, associate professor of anthropology

Why anthropology?

Some early formative moments occurred over two childhood moves: first from Connecticut to Alabama and then from Alabama to Pennsylvania. During these times I was exposed to different conceptions of childhood or what it meant to be a child. The stark contrast in both academic standards and appropriate behaviors for children in these settings helped me to understand the notion of difference.

Particularly what stood out was spatial segregation along economic and racial lines during the mid-1980s in Alabama. I did not have an academic context to consider the notion of difference until I took my first anthropology class with Dr. Esther Skirboll at Slippery Rock University. I have been hooked since!

My personal interests for the past 25 years have included a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, trail running and rafting. I was fortunate enough to live less than a quarter mile from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area when I moved back to Pennsylvania. I have been interested in my place in the environment and anthropology has given me the intellectual tools to continue to pursue a rewarding career in studying human-environment interactions in food and energy.

David Fazzino

University of Florida – PhD Cultural Anthropology
University of Florida JD Law
Slippery Rock University MS Sustainable Systems (Agroecology)



Environmental Anthropology (Food and Energy), Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Development, Globalization, Sustainability, Applied Anthropology, Anthropological Methods


2020 Fazzino, David. 2020. Holistic Pedagogical Approaches and Youth Empowerment. NEOS 12 (1): 10-11. http://acyig.americananthro.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NEOS-Volume-1...

2019 Fazzino, David, Philip Loring, and Glenna Gannon. Chapter 25: Fish as Food: Policies affecting food sovereignty for rural Indigenous communities in North America. The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rural Policy. Matteo Vittuari, John Devlin, Marco Pagani, Thomas G. Johnson (eds). https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429489075/chapters/10.4324/978...

2019 Philip Loring, David Fazzino, Melinda Agapito, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Glenna Gannon, Moenieba Isaacs. Fish and Food Security in Small-Scale Fisheries. Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Analysis and Practice. Pp. 55-73. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Svein Jentoft(eds). https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-94938-3_4

2019 “Global Food Security.” International Encyclopedia of Human Geography 2nd Edition
Editor-in-Chiefs: Audrey Kobayashi.

2017 Hozid, Zach and Fazzino, David. The Sociological Imagination of Meals on Wheels: How a Home Delivered Meal Program Sheds Light onto Larger Social Issues. Social Work and Society. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313656198_The_Sociological_Imag...

2016 Fazzino, David and Kelly Haggerty. You’re Not the Scientist I Was Thinking Of: Evidence, Accident, and Discovery. Anthropology News

2016 Fazzino, David. Exploring the Field in Your Backyard: Community-based Learning in Environmental Anthropology. Sociology and Anthropology. 4(1), pp. 1 – 5. http://www.hrpub.org/download/20160130/SA1-19604999.pdf

2014 Loring, Philip and Fazzino, David “From Would and Will to Could and Can: Climate Change and Environmental (In)Justice in the North American Arctic” Anthropology News

2013 Fazzino, David and Philip Loring "Nutritional and Cultural Transitions in Alaska Native Food Systems: Legacies of Colonialism, Contested Innovation, and Rural-Urban Linkages." Doing Nutrition Differently: Critical Approaches to Diet/Dietary Interventions. Mike Goodman (editor) Ashgate.

2013 Fazzino, David, Philip Loring, and Azara Mohammadi. Participation and Investment in
Local Agriculture: What's in a Community? Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.013

2012 Fazzino, David. The Will to End Hunger in the Age of Security: Food Security,
National Security and Community-Based Food Security in the United States. Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power and Government Kendra Coulter and William Schumann (editors) Palgrave-Macmillan.

2010 Fazzino, David. Whose Food Security?: Confronting Expanding Commodity
Production and the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics. Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
15(3): 393-417.

2010 Meredith, Ashley and David Fazzino. Imagings and Imaginings of Hawaiian Identity:
Cultural Sustainability on the Island of Hawai`i”. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 6(5): 161-176.

2009 Fazzino, David and Philip Loring. From Crisis to Cumulative Effects: Food Security
Challenges in Rural Alaska. NAPA Bulletin 32: 152-177.

2008 Fazzino, David. Continuity and Change in Tohono O’odham Food Systems:
Implications for Dietary Interventions. Culture and Agriculture 30(1): 38-46.

2004 Fazzino, David. The Meaning and Relevance of Food Security in the Context of
Current Globalization Trends. (2004). Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law 19(2): 435-50.