Kristen Cooksey Stowers

Adjunct Professor & Postdoctoral Fellow, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Department of Public Policy


B.S., Agricultural and Consumer Economics, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2010
M.P.P., Public Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University, May 2012
Ph.D., Public Policy, Duke University, 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut, 2018

Teaching & Research Interests

Public policy
Program evaluation
Public opinion
Race and ethnic politics
Social Equity and Inclusion
Research methods
Survey research
Focus groups

Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers

Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Her research focuses on health policy and equity, with an emphasis on understanding how zoning policies impact inequities in diet-related health outcomes through community food retail environments. These projects were funded by the National Institutes of Health. She also conducts research on how nonprofit organizations in the emergency food system address diversity and inclusion at the management level, as well as manage targeted programming for historically marginalized groups.

Dr. Cooksey Stowers’ practitioner experience includes service with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and an appointment as a junior economist with the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cooksey Stowers also currently serves as a board member of the Connecticut Food Bank and engages local organizations in community-engaged research projects.