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John Brett, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Email: John Brett
Office Location:
Administration Building 270D
Phone: (303) 556-8497
Fax: (303) 556-8501
Office hours: Tuesday, 3-4:30 and Wednesday 3:30-5 or by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Nutrition, ethnoecology, sustainability, microfinance

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco & University of California, Berkeley, 1994  
M.A., University of Colorado at Denver, 1987
B.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1978

Bio

John Brett, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver.  His research is focused on sustainable livelihoods and microfinance in Bolivia, dietary decision-making, and urban food systems and sustainability.  His just-finished project examines the relationship between food security, access to health resources and participation in microfinance programs, funded by the Fulbright Scholars program and in collaboration with CRECER and Freedom from Hunger with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He has done research on medicinal plant use in Chiapas, Mexico, conducted a number of large scale evaluation projects on HIV education programs in the US, Native American history in relation to Rocky Mountain National Park, and a multi-year ethnographic study on the factors that influence diet and physical activity patterns in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.  His current research examines the host of food system “alternatives” emerging in urban areas and how they might, or might not create an alternative food system.  He received his PhD in the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California San Francisco and UC Berkeley.

​Publications

2012 Brett, John Themes, Theories and Threads: Culture, Tradition and Political-Economy, In “From Margin to Centre: Re-imagining Foods, Reconsidering Identities“ (Elizabeth Finnis, ed.), Tucson: University of Arizona Press

2012 Markowitz, Lisa and John Brett, eds., U.S. Food Policy: Anthropology and Advocacy in the Public Interest, Oxfordshire: Routledge

2012 Brett, John and Lisa Markowitz, Introduction U.S. Food Policy: Anthropology and Advocacy in the Public Interest, Lisa Markowitz and John Brett, eds., U.S. Food Policy: Anthropology and Advocacy in the Public Interest, Oxfordshire: Routledge

2010 Brett, John The Political-Economics of Developing Markets versus Satisfying Food Need: Quinoa and Surplus Wheat. Food and Foodways 18 (1-2):28-42

2010 Brett, John and Lisa Markowitz, Thomas Marchione (deceased), eds. “The Public Interest and the American Food Enterprise: Anthropological Policy Insights.”  Special issue of Food and Foodways 18 (1-2), March, 2010

2010 Lisa Markowitz, Brett, John “The Public Interest and the American Food Enterprise: Anthropological Policy Insights.”  Introduction to the special issue of Food and Foodways 18 (1-2):1-6

2009 Scandlyn, Jean, Carrie Simon, Deborah Thomas, John Brett Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Social IN Social Vulnerability to Disasters, Brenda D. Phillips, Deborah Thomas, Alice Fothergill and Lynn Blinn-Pike, editors, Chapter 2, Pp. 27-49.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

2009 Oviatt, Kate and John Brett The Intrinsic Link of Vulnerability to Sustainable Development IN Social Vulnerability to Disasters, Brenda D. Phillips, Deborah Thomas, Alice Fothergill and Lynn Blinn-Pike, editors, Chapter 3, Pp. 51-71.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

2008 Scandlyn, Jean, John Brett, Sharry Erzinger, Practicing Fieldwork: The Transformational Value of a Collaborative Ethnographic Field School in Ecuador.  The Applied Anthropologist 28(2):204-216.

2008 Otis, Kelsey, John Brett, “Reproductive Health Care in Bolivia: Poor Quality of Care in a Decentralized System”. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health 24(1):46–53

2006 Brett, John “We Sacrifice and Eat Less” The Structural Complexities of Microfinance Participation.  Human Organization 65(1):8-19

2002 Brett, J., J. Heimendinger, C. Boender, C. Morin, J. Marshall. Using Ethnography to Improve Intervention Design.  American Journal of Health Promotion 16(6):331-340.

 
 

 

​Courses Taught

  • Anthropology 3210: Urban Food Systems and Sustainability
  • Field Experience in Sustainable Development and Health—Anthropological methods field  course
  • Health and Behavioral Sciences 7400: Seminar on Food Systems and Sustainability
  • Anthropology 4810/5810 Integrating Anthropology
  • Health and Behaviors Sciences 7400: Seminar in Evolutionary Medicine (doctoral level)
  • Anthropology 4460/5460: Development and Conservation: Theory and Practice
  • Anthropology 4030/5030: Ethnobiology: Principles, Methods, Debates
  • Anthropology 4040/5040: The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • Anthropology 4060/5060: Evolutionary Medicine