Bronwen Powell

Bronwen Powell

Assistant Professor of Geography, African Studies, and Anthropology

314 Walker Building

Phone: (814) 865-1187


Office Hours:

  • Wednesdays 1-2pm or by appointment
Area(s) of Specialization: Biodiversity and Nutrition, Wild and forest foods, Dietary patterns and dietary diversity, Traditional food systems, Applied research for improved policy and practice


Bronwen Powell is an Assistant Professor of Geography, African Studies and Anthropology (courtesy) at Penn State and a Research Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research. Her work examines the social, cultural and environmental determinants of human diet and nutrition. She has spent a large portion of her career living and working in Africa including in: Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition from McGill University in Canada and an MSc in Ethnobiology from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. For more information, please visit: and