Welcome to the Transnational Research Laboratory

me in Jamaica
TRL – the Transnational Research Laboratory builds upon the work of Jeffrey H. Cohen, professor of anthropology at Ohio State University (left in the photo above) and includes students, former students and associates from around the globe.  Our investigations are founded in anthropology and focus on transnational issues that include:

  • Migration and remittance practices
    • Connections between culture and physiology in migration outcomes
    • Racism and migration as well as criminalization and xenophobia
  • Development
    • Access to and management of resources
  • Food ways
    • Nutrition and diets
    • Entomophagy
    • Food and identity in a changing world
  • Engagement and community based research
    • Understanding the digital divide
      • Health disparaties and the internet

Team members work in China; India, Italy; Mexico; Peru; South Africa; Turkey; and the United States with support of the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society and Fulbright program as well as internal Ohio State program including TRL support, the Mershon Center, the Coca Cola Critical Research Grants and departmental funding.

research team, Oaxaca, Mexico

Natalia Z

Photograph by Natalia Zotova

Growing in importance is our dedication to work that addresses social inequalities and advances social justice.  We are working hard to established new methodologies, including the co-production of knowledge, in our research and focusing on projects and issues that address injustice and bring new voices into our field.  Most importantly, this effort includes research with the Bhutanese community of central Ohio (BCCO) to develop a series of interventions that will help community members bridge the digital divide and access resources, including resources to mitigate Covid-19.

BCCO page
To read more about our lab team members and their research, visit the transnational research page.

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