Sarah Hamilton

Associate Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

anthropology of agricultural and rural development, food and nutritional security, gender, environmental sustainability, health ecology


anthropology, Latin American studies, gender studies

Professional Biography

S. Hamilton has worked on interdisciplinary research teams addressing poverty, economic growth, environmental issues, health issues, and rural development in Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and the Philippines


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • Culture and Agriculture

Job History

  • Associate Professor and Director, MA Degree Program in International Development, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2000-present);
  • Program Director, Women in International Development, Office of International Research, Education, and Development, Virginia Tech (1997-2000).


Current research: Economic, environmental, social, and public health dimensions of developing regional markets for medicinal plants in the Greater U.S. and Mexican West and in Appalachia.

Areas of Research

public health