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Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences

Christine M. Porter, Ph.D.

Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community & Public Health
Associate Professor • (307) 766-2143 • Corbett Building 117

Christine Porter


I was born and raised on the east coast of the US. In my undergraduate studies I focused on race and gender studies in addition to my biology major. Then I joined the US Peace Corps in Fiji. For the first two years I taught science and biology in a rural high school, then moved to the Ministry of Education to develop two biology textbooks and an HIV/AIDS curriculum. While there, I also met my German husband.  We moved to London, where I founded the international office of a global research resource and networking firm and started my masters in education, development and health promotion.

After returning to the US in 2002, I consulted in learning design, communication technologies, and health and then I entered Cornell's Adult and Extension Education PhD program in fall 2005. After completing the education coursework, I transferred to the Community Nutrition PhD program to develop a more effective blend of public health, health promotion and critical social science perspectives that I feel will help address our most pressing national and international health issues.  I also worked as an activist and researcher with the "Whole Community Project" (WCP) in Tompkins County, New York.  WCP began as a childhood obesity prevention project and became a food justice initiative.

While studying at Cornell, my husband and I welcomed two daughters into our lives. Now the four of us have the great pleasure of living in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.


Ph.D. Community Nutrition, Cornell University (2010)

M.A. Education and International Development: Health Promotion, University of London, UK (2003)

B.S. Biology, University of Maryland (1993)


I am working to understand and (following Kurt Lewin's theory that the best way to understand something is to try to change it) organize social change that addresses health disparities. My research uses community-based participatory action research (CBPR) approaches to such change and investigates public health strategies for supporting for the public's creation of its own health. I'm particularly interested in documenting, assessing, and furthering sustainable food systems approaches to achieving equity, food security and healthy communities.  I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue these interests with many partners as project director and principal investigator for Food Dignity and Growing Resilience.


  • HLED 4020/5020 Food, Health & Justice
  • HLED 3020 Community and Public Health
  • HLED 5586 Seminar: Ecological Approaches to Community Health (online)
  • HLED 5586 Seminar: Food Systems & Health: From person to planet
  • HLSC 4990/5990 Public Health Seminar


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