ISS Faculty Fellow/Persistent Poverty and Upward Mobility Team 2008-2011
Christine M. Olson, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, was involved in the
initial development of the questions used annually in the Current Population
Survey to assess the food security status of households in the United States.
She conducts research on the antecedents and consequences of food insecurity in
food-rich countries with a particular focus on women and their children, health
and human capital issues, and rural poverty. She has over 30 years of
involvement in extension-outreach programs with Cornell Cooperative Extension
and will contribute to the outreach activities of this ISS theme project. She
brings expertise in the use of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) and
longitudinal research approaches to development of theory and measures relevant
to poverty-associated nutrition and health issues. She will coordinate the
seminars on the Measurement portion of the project.