Amanda Logan

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Professor Logan’s overarching goal is to connect the past to the present through reframing the kinds of questions we ask and empirically bridging the modern/premodern divide. Her current focus is building an archaeology of food security that traces how, where, and when chronic hunger emerged across the African continent. Drawing insight from political ecology and critical development studies, she utilizes archaeology to highlight the political and economic shifts that paved the way for food insecurity, rather than attributing it to environmental change alone. By using empirical data to construct alternative narratives of underdevelopment and agricultural achievement, she questions the common misconception that African food insecurity is a “natural” outcome of environmental catastrophes and “antiquated” agricultural strategies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Antrhopology, PhD, University of Michigan

… → 2012

Anthropology, MA, University of Missouri

… → 2006

Archaeology, BA, Simon Fraser University

… → 2003

Research interests

  • Archaeology
  • Environment
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Food insecurity
  • Political economy
  • Inequality
  • Foodways
  • Gender
  • Structural Violence
  • Paleoethnobotany


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