Juliana McDonald

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  • Associate Professor
  • 2023 SfAA Annual Meeting Program Chair
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • SfAA Oral History Project Committee
  • UK World Religions Minor Steering Committee
  • Dept. of Anthropology Alumni Committee
  • Anthropology
201E Lafferty Hall, 40506-0024
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Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2000


I received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2000.  My research interests include gerontology, agriculture and tobacco production, Native Americans, development and poverty.  As a graduate student, I was Research Assistant with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging on a three year ethnographic research project of family decision making in nursing homes in Kentucky.  While working on this project, I researched social networks of nursing home residents for a M.A. thesis.  I also conducted research in Morocco in North Africa on aging in rural and urban areas, a topic I continue to pursue.  From 1996 to 2000, I worked at Wake Forest University School of Medicine/Section on Epidemiology, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  I lived fulltime in a large agricultural county where I conducted ethnographic research with European-American, African-American, and Lumbee Native American elders.  During this time, I conducted my dissertation research on aging and agricultural practices of farmers and became interested in understanding tobacco production.  I joined the faculty of the UK Department of Anthropology in 2005.  Since 2006, I have worked with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and the Kentucky Department of Transportation on environmental justice mitigation for a major road project, the Newtown Pike Extension.  I completed a social needs assessment in 2006 and am currently conducting a final evaluation of the impact of the road and neighborhood development.  

Undergraduate Supervisory Activity:

  • Internships
  • Independent Studies

Courses Regularly Taught:

  • ANT101:  Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT160:  Cultural Diversity in the Modern World-Global Dynamics
  • ANT220:  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT302:  Ethnographic Methods
  • ANT331:  North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
  • ANT335:  Religion in Everyday Life
  • ANT337:  Global Aging
  • ANT525:  Applied Anthropology Seminar
Selected Publications: 
  • 2009  McDonald, J.  Bulldozers, Land and the Bottom: Environmental Justice and a Rapid Assessment Process.  Practicing Anthropology 31(1):4-8.   

  • 2006   McDonald, J.  Social Needs Assessment: Davis Bottom, Lexington, KY, Newtown Pike Extension and Southend Park Urban Village Report. 

  • 2002   Bell, R., Quandt, S., Arcury, T., McDonald, J., and Vitolins, M.  Health Locus of Control Among Rural Older Adults:  Associations with Demographic, Health and Preventive Health Characteristics.  Gerontology Geriatrics Education 22(4):69.

  • 2001   Arcury, T., Quandt, S., Bell, R., McDonald, J.  Staying Healthy:  The Salience and Meaning of Health Maintenance Behaviors Among Rural Older Adults.  Social Science and Medicine 53(11):1541-1556. 

  • 2001   Quandt, S., Arcury, T., Bell, R., McDonald, J., and Vitolins, M.  The Social and Nutritional Meaning of Food Sharing Among Older Rural Adults.  Journal of Aging Studies 15(2):145-162.

  • 2001   Quandt, S, Arcury, T., McDonald, J., Bell, R., and Vitolins, M.  Meaning and Management of Food Security Among Rural Elders.  Journal of Applied Gerontology 20(3):356-376.

  • 2000   Arcury, T., Quandt, S., McDonald, J., and Bell, R.  Faith and Health Self-Management of Rural Older Adults.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 15(1):55-74.

  • 2000   Bell, R., Quandt, S., Arcury, T., McDonald, J., and Vitolins, M.  Health Behaviors of Rural White, African American, and Native American Elders.  American Journal of Health Behaviors 4(5):349-360.

  • 2000   McDonald, J.  Getting Older and Farming: An Ethnographic Study of Farmers in the Southern Coastal Plain of North Carolina.  Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation Services.

  • 2000   McDonald, J.  Aging and Agricultural Practices: Robeson County, North Carolina.  Social Change: Issues and Perspectives 29(12):188-201.  (Journal of the Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India).

  • 2000   McDonald, J., Quandt, S., Arcury, T., Bell, R., and Vitolins, M.  On Their Own: Nutritional Strategies of Elderly Widowers in Rural Communities.  The Gerontologist 39(4):480-491.

  • 2000   Quandt, S., McDonald, J., Arcury, T., Bell, R., and Vitolins, M.  Nutritional Strategies of Elderly Widows in Rural Communities.  The Gerontologist 40(1):86-96.

  • 2000   van Willigen, J., Chadha, N., and McDonald, J.  Culture and Aging.  Social Change:  Issues and Perspectives 29(12)):188-201.  (Journal of the Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India).

  • 1999   Quandt, S., McDonald, J., Bell, R., and Arcury, T.  Aging Research in Multi-Ethnic Rural Communities: Gaining Entrée Through Community Involvement.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 14:113-130.