Anna Josephson Early Career Scholar Award 2023

April 27, 2023

The University of Arizona Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost awards Dr. Anna Josephson from the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics (AREC) as an Early Career Scholar. This award “recognizes outstanding early career faculty who are at the forefront of their disciplines and make highly valued contributions to the teaching, creative activity, and service priorities set out in the University’s Strategic Plan Five Pillars: Wildcat Journey, Grand Challenges, Arizona Advantage, Arizona Global, and Institutional Excellence.” Dr. Josephson will receive a $5,000 award to further her scholarly work. There are up to six individuals awarded each year, ultimately being recognized in a special award ceremony. AREC congratulates Dr. Anna Josephson on this well-deserved recognition and award to continue her outstanding work at the University! Read more here about the Early Career Scholar Award. 


In Dr. Anna Josephson’s words regarding this award: 

“The award is well timed, as I’m putting together my tenure packet, and so I have been reflecting quite a bit and writing about my research, teaching, and other accomplishments. I’ve learned so much in my time here at the University and am so glad to be in a department that encourages me to explore my interests and creates an atmosphere that encourages academic exploration and rewards good work and good mentoring. Both of my girls were born since I joined the University and I’m grateful to be in a place that incentivizes being a well-rounded person: a good teacher and researcher, of course, but also a kind person, a thoughtful mentor, and a person with a life outside of our work, as well. 

I am so honored to be recognized with this award, especially knowing how talented so many people are at the University. I am so grateful to George for writing a letter of nomination and to Gary for coordinating signatures and letters and submitting the recommendation, as well as to the two other people who signed the letter of nomination. I am also grateful to my collaborators here at the University, and across the US and world, especially to Jeff, for our long-time collaborations, as well as to my undergraduate and graduate students. Really, I just feel overwhelmed with gratitude! 

I’m not sure how I’ll use the resources from the award – but I want to keep doing the work I’m doing, exploring food security, measurement, and working to better understand households and individuals who live in risky environments.”


In Gary Thompson’s, Head Professor of AREC, words: 

“It is truly gratifying to see that Anna's work relating to food insecurity and economic development, both locally and globally, is recognized for its excellence.  The award is also for her commitment to providing graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to learn through research.”


Furthermore, Dr. Anna Josephson was also recognized with the Award for Excellence in Resilience Research for Global Development Challenges on April 28, 2023, which honors her distinguished published work and research as a faculty researcher of resilience.