• Jakob Hanschu M.A.

  • Research Specialist

    • MCRI - MCRI-National Farm Medicine
    • 1000 North Oak Ave. ML8 Marshfield, WI 54449


2020 to 2022:
M.A., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2019 to 2020:
M.A., Critical Theory & Politics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
2015 to 2019:
B.S., Anthropology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2015 to 2019:
B.S., Geography / Minor: Statistics, Kansas State University , Manhattan, KS
2015 to 2019:
Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Work Experience

2023 to Present:
Research Specialist, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute - National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield, WI
2022 to 2023:
GIS Analyst, St. Charles County Government, St. Charles, MO


Originally from rural Kansas, Jakob is a research specialist and socio-cultural anthropologist at the National Farm Medicine Center. He works closely with Dr. Bendixsen on projects at the intersection of agricultural health and safety and anthropology. Jakob earned a master's degree in socio-cultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis where he studied the relationship between nutrient pollution, hydrological infrastructure, decision-making, social organization, and human and ecological health in the rural US Midwest. He also holds a master's degree in critical theory and politics from the University of Nottingham, which was funded by a Fulbright Scholarship. In his role as a research specialist, he aims to apply insights from social theory, ethnography, and philosophy to the practical and conceptual problems of agricultural health and safety.

Research Interests

Agricultural health and safety; environmental health; ethics; risk; social organization; decision-making; cognitive anthropology; agri-food systems; medical and environmental anthropology; anthropology of infrastructure; science and technology studies (STS); environmental justice; critical theory; continental philosophy; interdisciplinary ethnography; multimethod anthropology.