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Alisha Mays Borck

Research Interests:
Food security
inequality and poverty
grassroots organizing and activism
Alternative food movements
environmental and sustainability studies
Economic Anthropology.
business and organizational anthropology

Alisha Borck (she/her; formerly Mays) is a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky. Alisha's research interests primarily include inequality, food studies, food justice, Appalachia, rurality, political economy, and more broadly, economic anthropology. For her dissertation research, Alisha is currently studying emergency food programs and care work in Appalachian Kentucky. Alisha is also passionate about using storytelling to promote social justice and has shared her "food story" for several audiences throughout the state of Kentucky. 

Courses Taught at UK

ANT 160: Global Cultural Diversity 

ANT 311: Anthropology of Globalization 

APP 200: Introduction to Appalachian Studies

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Selected Publications:

Wies, J, R. Mays, A.D., Collins, S., Young, S. L. 2020.  “As long as we have the mine, we’ll have water”: Exploring water insecurity in Appalachia.  Annals of Anthropological Practice, 44(1): pp 65-76

Wies, Jennifer R. with Alisha Mays. 2016. Teaching Anthropology in the Sacrifice Zone. Anthropology News 57(9): e41-e43.