Dr. Russell Rhoads

Dr. Russell Rhoads

Associate Professor

Office: 234 Lake Michigan Hall

Phone: 331-3018

Email: rhoadsr@gvsu.edu

Applied and development anthropology, food and agriculture, dislocation and resettlement, qualitative and ethnographic methods

Dr. Rhoads (PhD Kentucky 1994) is an applied cultural anthropologist with a specialty in agricultural anthropology, food systems, migration and resettlement, and anthropological methods. His recent research focuses on land acquisition, resettlement and development in Uganda and East Africa. Rhoads was awarded a Fulbright Scholars grant (2014-2015) for teaching at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and serving as a Research Fellow at Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE, Kampala). Both abroad and at GVSU, he participates in designing community engagement programs and capacity-building through community-based research. Rhoads has a long-term interest in food systems in Western Michigan, specifically food insecurity in the context of urban development and farmers markets. Currently, Rhoads teaches classes in the topical areas of globalization and development, migration, theory and methods, including ANT 204, 345 (including hybrid format), 490 (internships) and 495.

Recent Research and Publications: 

  • Russell Rhoads (GVSU) & Onesmus Mugyenyi (ACODE). (2018). Safeguarding Livelihoods in Uganda: Analysis of a Country Framework for Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, in Beyond Compensation: Country Frameworks for Protecting Those Displaced by Development, Routledge Studies in Development, Displacement and Resettlement, eds. Jane Singer and Susanna Price. Routledge Publishers. (forthcoming).

  • Russell Rhoads and Onesmus Mugyenyi. (2018). “Policy Framework for Land Acquisition and Resettlement: Safeguarding Community Livelihoods in Uganda,” in Resources Governance and Sustainable Livelihood in Uganda, book co-editors: Russell Rhoads, Ronald Naluwairo and Onesmus Mugyenyi. Adonis and Abby publishers. (in review)

  • Russell Rhoads. (2018). Assessing Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda’s Agricultural Sector, in Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda. Adonis and Abby publishers. (in review)

  • Max A. Anyuru, Russell Rhoads, Onesmus Mugyenyi, Joseph A. Manoba and Tom Balemesa. (2016). Balancing Development and Community Livelihoods: A Framework for Land Acquisition and Resettlement in Uganda (A study of communities affected by conservation in Kibaale District, oil development and road infrastructure in Hoima District, and Hydro electric power development in Buikwe District of Uganda). Environmental Democracy Programme, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment. ACODE Policy Research Series, No. 75.

  • Russell Rhoads and Michael Wroblewski. (2016). Anthropology Community Engagement Project: Refugee Cultural Orientation Curriculum Evaluation and Video Production. A collaboration between the Anthropology Department (GVSU) and Bethany Refugee and Immigrant Services (BCS, Grand Rapids). (Project report co-authored with students.) Anthropology Department, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. 72 pp. 

  • Arthur Bainomugisha, L. M. Tamale, W. Muhwezi, K. Cunningham, E. G. Ssemakula, G. Bogere, R. Rhoads & J. Mbabazi (co-authors). (2015). Local Government Councils Score-Card Assessment Report, 2014/15: Unlocking and Amplifying Voices. Kampala. ACODE Policy Research Series, No.70. 162 pp.
  • Rhoads, R., T. Muhumuza, W. Nabiddo, H. Kiragga, F. Ssango, S. Nampewo, & Z. Muzira. (2015). Assessing Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda’s Agricultural Sector: Application of an Innovative Framework. Kampala. ACODE Policy Research Series, No. 68, 2015. 68 pp.