Sarah Lee Hamilton

Associate Professor

What I do

anthropology of agricultural and rural development, food and nutritional security, gender, environmental sustainability, health ecology


anthropology, Latin American studies, gender studies

Professional Biography

S. Hamilton has worked on interdisciplinary research teams addressing poverty, economic growth, environmental issues, health issues, and rural development in Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and the Philippines


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • Culture and Agriculture

Job History

  • Associate Professor and Director, MA Degree Program in International Development, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2000-present);
  • Program Director, Women in International Development, Office of International Research, Education, and Development, Virginia Tech (1997-2000).


Current research: Economic, environmental, social, and public health dimensions of developing regional markets for medicinal plants in the Greater U.S. and Mexican West and in Appalachia.

Key Projects

Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellow, Ecuador (1992-1993); Dissertation Fellow, The Graduate School, University of Kentucky (1993-1995); Land Tenure, Population, Environment, and Health in Rural Mexico, Ford Foundation/U. Pittsburgh grant (1996); Gender and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (individual grants for research in Philippines, Jamaica, Ecuador,) USAID (1997-2000); Economic, Social, and Environmental Impacts of Non-traditional Agricultural Export Production on Small Farm Households in Guatemala, USAID (1997-2006); IPM Technology Transfer Methodology for Guatamala Ministry of Education, USAID (2005-2007); Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts of Nontraditional Agricultural Production on Small Farm Households in Honduras, USAID (2005-2010); Impact Assessment in IPM (George Norton, PI), USAID (2005-2010); Watershed-based Natural Resource Management in Small-scale Agriculture: Sloped Areas of the Andean Region (Jeffrey Alwang, P.I.), USAID (2005-2010)