Anna Grace Tribble

Anna Grace Tribble, MPH

About — Anna Grace Tribble

Mississippi state University

Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures


Wake Forest University – BA, Anthropology (Minors, Chemistry & Statistics), summa cum laude (2011 – 2015)
Emory University – MPH, Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Certification (2017 – 2021)
Emory University – PhD, Anthropology (2015 – 2022)


Anna Grace Tribble is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University.  During her time at Emory, she wrote her dissertation on the economic sanctions on communities in Iraqi Kurdistan during the 1990s and the resulting ramifications for household food insecurity and chronic health.  Currently, she is furthering her research as a social scientist and medical anthropologist in international food policy by examining how individual-level health issues are connected to the food systems in Iraq and the Middle East.

“’We Had Nothing.’ Understanding the Consequences of Economic Sanctions on Iraqi Kurdish Families.” 2021. PhD Committee: Peter Brown (co-chair), Emory University; Craig Hadley (co-chair), Emory University; Peter Little, Emory University; Diana King, University of Kentucky.

research interests

Her research interests focus on the relationship between food and health among households in Iraq.  More specifically, she is concerned with how stressors like food insecurity experienced in utero and early childhood impact the long-term likelihood of chronic diseases as an adult.  Her love for agriculture and interest in the culture of Iraqi Kurdish communities has allowed for immersive data collection that provide a unique approach to answering her research questions about the region.

  •  Agriculture and Community Development
  • Intergenerational Health Disparities
  • Food Sovereignty and Food Justice
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Conflict and Health
  • Origins of Disease


Finch A, Tribble AG. 2021. For Future’s Sake: From Pandemic to Prevention. Preventative Medicine Reports. 21: 101271.

Tribble, AG. 2018. Comparing Iraqi regional differences on infant feeding through breastfeeding and formula. Kurdistan Journal of Applied Research. 3(2): 7-14.

Webb-Girard A., Griffin B., Meter K., Burkhardsmeier B., Girovich BA., Tribble AG., Aime M. 2017. Atlanta’s Local Food Baseline Report. Food Well Alliance.

Hadley C, Mangurenje T, Tribble AG. 2017. Book Review on Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, James Ferguson. American Journal of Human Biology. 29(4): e23020. doi:10.1002/ajhb.23020.

Tribble AG, Summers P, Chen H, Quandt SA, Arcury TA. 2016. Musculoskeletal pain, depression, and stress among Latino manual laborers in North Carolina. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health. 71(6): 309-316. PubMed PMID: 26422551; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4814349.

Awards and Distinctions

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Emory (2016-2017)
George W. Woodruff Fellowship, Emory (2015-2021)
Piedmont TATTO Sustainability Project, Robson Fellowship, Emory (2018)
Election Monitoring Carter Center Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Emory (2017-2018)
Critical Language Scholarship, AALIM and US State Department (2017)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Indiana University (2016)


Course Instructor

  • Medical Anthropology, MSU
  • Introduction to Anthropology, MSU
  • Islam, MSU
  • Food Systems and Conflict, Emory (2020)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis, Emory (2019)

Teaching Assistant

  • Qualitative Methods, Emory (2021)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis, Emory (2020, 2021)
  • Anthropology and Food & Sustainability, Emory (2018)
  • Cultural Anthropology, Emory (2017)
  • Biological Anthropology, Emory (2016)

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