Ioulia Fenton

Visiting Instructor

Office: Anthropology 218A. Office hours Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00am.



  • PhD, Anthropology, Emory
  • MS, Development Studies, University of London
  • BS, Psychology, University of Bath


Dr. Ioulia Fenton is a cultural anthropologist with a Ph.D. from Emory University and an MS.C. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her research asks how human beings can live well and in harmony with each other and the planet. She pursues various sides of this question of sustainability. Her doctoral work focused on food and agriculture through a systems-thinking perspective, particularly in Guatemala and the Americas at large. She has also led a team of students at Emory in a Social Network Analysis of the university's sustainability leadership community. Dr. Fenton is a committed teacher who won the 2018 George Armelagos Award for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Student from Emory's Department of Anthropology. She has taught introductory graduate and undergraduate classes in anthropology and sustainable development, as well as seminars in food, health, and applied research methods at Emory and Clark Atlanta universities, where she held the 2018-2019 Andrew A. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellowship. In the Spring of 2020, Dr. Fenton is teaching Health and Food Cultures in the Americas and Applying Social Network to Development Practice courses at Emory, while advising Master's in Development Practice (MDP) students on their professional development.