Submitted by Anne M. Cafer
Anne M. Cafer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. She also serves as Coordinator for the Community Based Research Collaborative housed within the UM Center for Population Studies, of which she is an affiliated researcher. She holds a BSc in both molecular biology and sociology, an MA in anthropology, and a PhD in Rural Sociology. She works primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Mississippi Delta. Her research uses a systems approach to examine community resilience and social change around food procurement, agricultural systems, environmental sustainability, and community health/nutrition at the community level, both domestically and internationally. She also has an interest in scholarship of teaching, specifically the impacts of community engaged learning on both community and student outcomes. Her advanced courses are community based participatory research courses where students are actively involved with community stakeholders to explore collaborative solutions to non-resilient systems. Dr. Cafer is a former Borlaug Scholar in Global Food Security, a member of the prestigious Rollins Society at the University of Missouri, and has worked as a consultant with groups such as Land O’Lakes International Development and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. She is also a Andrew Carnegie Fellowship nominee.
Her previous editorial experience includes founding and serving as Editor-in-Chief for a student run and targeted publication, Agrarian Frontiers: A Rural Studies Review, at the University of Missouri, as well as Assistant Editor for the Nebraska Anthropologist a publication of AnthroGroup, a student based organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her most recent editorial experience is serving as Guest Editor for Community Development for a special issue on community resilience, slated for the second issue of 2019. The nature of these publications has given her extensive experience in recruitment and solicitation of manuscripts, book reviews, and reviewers.
As editor, her vision for CD Practice is to consistently publish high quality, peer reviewed, practice-based pieces that address salient issues within community development practice and complement the types of scholarly work being published in Community Development, as well as increase readership of the publication. To this end she aims to publish two issues a year. The first, a themed issue around specific practice topics; second, an end-of-year issues that will include shorter practice related pieces from authors who have published in Community Development during that calendar year. As editor she looks forward to working with society members to promote their work!