Jenna Andrews-Swann

Dr. Jenna Andrews-Swann

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Dr. Andrews-Swann earned a degree in environmental anthropology from the University of Georgia, where she also received a certificate in women’s studies. She combines these two interdisciplinary fields to study the ways that immigrants to the U.S. settle and create a sense of place. She is especially interested in the roles that food, cooking and gardening play in the process of making place in an unfamiliar environment. Based on her research, Andrews-Swann has published several articles and a co-edited volume (Seeds of Resistance / Seeds of Hope: Place and Agency in the Conservation of Biodiversity, University of Arizona Press, forthcoming). She teaches Anthropology to students at GGC from a similar interdisciplinary perspective, and she works hard to encourage her students to appreciate the cultural diversity around them.

Andrews-Swann is originally from Michigan and now lives in Athens with her husband, two rescue dogs, and four laying hens.


  • Doctorate – anthropology – University of Georgia
  • Bachelor’s – anthropology – University of Michigan

Academic Interests

  • Immigration and transnationality
  • North America and Caribbean
  • Women’s and gender studies


  • GGC VPASA 2012 Seed Grant Recipient