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Faculty Profile

Jenn Halpin

Director of the Dickinson College Farm (2007)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 121


Jenn applies her background as a production farmer in organic agriculture and graduate studies in Sustainable Food Systems to her teaching as a Food Studies instructor. Jenn's research focuses on the intersection of food security and home gardening, working with Carlisle neighborhoods to develop appropriate strategies to help mitigate community food insecurity through efforts to grow one's own food. In her work as the Director of the College Farm, Jenn focuses on coordinating field-based research to advance production systems and better understand the interactions between soil and plants.


  • B.A., Providence College, 1994
  • M.S., Green Mountain College, 2019

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

FDST 201 Introduction to Food Studies
This course introduces students to Food Studies, an interdisciplinary field that examines food through biological, cultural, ecological, economic, and other perspectives. We will treat questions of hunger, food production/procurement, inequality, ecology, food labor, health, including psychology, and the diversity of ethical, cultural, and spiritual meanings regarding food. The course will include opportunities for students to engage in active observation, experimentation, and hands-on learning through community partnerships and the College Farm. Students will encounter reading/viewing assignments from a wide range of disciplines. This course will also be open to students who do not intend to complete the Food Studies certificate but would simply like an interdisciplinary understanding of the workings of food.Prerequisite: One Food Studies elective course; the elective may be taken concurrently with FDST 201 with permission of instructor.