Kelly McFarland | Department of Anthropology

Kelly McFarland

Adjunct Instructor
Sycamore Hall 130

Kelly McFarland is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas. Professor McFarland is an applied cultural anthropologist specializing in food; food systems, access, and nutrition, and is also a local food and flower farmer. Her research interests include the local Dallas/Fort Worth food system, the U.S. industrial food system, food justice, farming methods used to combat climate change, the power dynamics and relationships of different food communities, and perceptions of health and nutrition. Professor McFarland uses a critical pedagogy to evaluate food justice, it is focused on critiquing structures of power and oppression to challenge inequalities within. Her teaching is focused on food justice, community-based research, and user-experience design, while emphasizing students' voices and interests to direct and interact with learning objectives.

Professor McFarland has additional research interests that focus on evaluating disaster in Puerto Rico to contribute to the understanding of disaster recovery, risk, and resilience. Her interest in disaster recovery began during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and recovery efforts thereafter, through her personal connection to family members in Puerto Rico and her experiences interacting with disaster recovery efforts.


2019, M.S., Applied Anthropology, University of North Texas, Denton
2016, B.A., Anthropology, University of North Texas, Denton
2011, A.A., General Studies, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth

Selected Publications

McFarland, K., 2021. The Creation of a Local Food Distributor Evaluated Through a Design Thinking Lens. In: S. Massari, ed., Transdisciplinary Case Studies on Design for Food and Sustainability, 1st ed. Duxford, UK: Woodhead Publishing, pp.25-40.

McFarland, Kelly, and Andrew Nelson. 2019. Twenty-first century local food farmers in North Texas : An evaluation of farming methods, best practices, and common struggles. [UNT thesis, applied anthropology]. Vol. [2019]. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas, /.

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