Anna M. Kleiner, Ph.D. is a community-based research and evaluation consultant and a research affiliate of the Center for Population Studies. She previously served as Associate Professor of Sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University. As an applied sociology researcher and former economic development specialist and community planner, Dr. Kleiner has extensive experience developing and implementing strategies to enhance collaborative efforts assisting community groups with identifying and answering questions affecting their quality of life. She has promoted the use of community-based research methodologies to explore and address the effects of the globalization of agriculture and food and the social implications of disasters and other conditions on vulnerable populations. Dr. Kleiner has co-authored six book chapters, seven journal articles, and several research reports and served as a guest editor for special issues of two journals. She completed her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004.