Jessica Ham

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


BA| University of Missouri| 2003

MA| University of Sussex| 2008

PhD| University of Georgia| 2016

Courses Taught

Introduction to Anthropology

Foundations in Global Health

Nutritional Anthropology


Charles Hudson Teaching Award (UGA Dept. of Anthropology, 2016)

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (UGA Graduate School, 2016)


2017. Cooking to be Modern but Eating to be Health: The Role of Dawa-Dawa in Contemporary Ghanaian Foodways.   Food, Culture and Society 20: 237-256.


Hard Porridge, Slippery Soup: What Texture Relays about Ghanaian Dietary Desires. Living Food: Foodways, Heritage, Health, and the Environment. Foundation France-Japon de l’EHHESS, Feb. 22-23 2018, Paris, France

Cooking to be Modern but Eating to be Healthy: The Role of Dawa Dawa in Contemporary Ghanaian Foodways, Paper for the 116th Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting (AAA), Nov. 29-Dec. 3rd  2017, Washington D.C.

Humanity before Money: Collective Work and Collective Health in Upper West Ghana, Paper for the 77th Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting (SfAA), March 28-April 1 2017, Santa Fe.

Weight Loss and Worry Sickness: How a Culture Bound Syndrome Offers Deeper Contemplation of the Relationship between Food Insecurity and Mental Health, Paper for the Society for Psychological Anthropology Meeting, March 7-9 2017, New Orleans.

Talking through Worries in Upper West Ghana: Exploring Men’s Resilience to Distress in a Context of Climate Change. Paper for the 115th AAA meeting, November 16-20, 2016, Minneapolis.

“Everyday it’s Tuo Zaafi”: Sacrificing Food for the Future in Upper West Ghana, Paper for the 114th AAA Meeting, November 18-22, 2015, Denver.

Trying to be Modern: Changing the Way Food is Made in Upper West Ghana, Paper for the 75th Annual SfAA Meeting, March 24-28, 2015, Pittsburgh.

Worried Sick: Investigating the Linkages between Food Insecurity and Mental Health in the Ghanaian Savanna, Paper for the Association of Social Anthropologists, 2013, Edinburgh, U.K.