Craig A. Hassel
Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Nutritionist
Areas of Interest
- Exploring food and health with cultural communities holding knowledge that does not correspond with Western science perspectives. This work pivots the culture/science relationship as it repositions scientific inquiry alongside ancient, ancestral and experiential understandings of food and health.
- Creating models of cross-cultural engagement that reform scientific inquiry to be more respectful of diverse ways of knowing. Examples include: 1) Using principles of Chinese medical theory and contemporary sensory analysis to explicate medicinal herb quality; 2) Using indigenous heirloom crop varieties, including wild rice, to explore Indigenous and biomedical worldviews; 3) Faculty development and cross-cultural symposia that embrace multiple worldview orientations.
- The University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing
- The Inter-institutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State University
- The Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis and St. Paul
- The White Earth Tribal Council
Craig A. Hassel; Reconsidering nutrition science: Critical reflection with a cultural lens; Nutrition Journal. 2014;13(1).
C A Hassel; Nutrition Education: Toward a Framework of Cultural Awareness.; Whole Grains Summit 2012 Proceedings. Whole Grains and Health: From Theory to Practice. 2013;55-58.
C A Hassel; Learning to bridge different ways of knowing: The Dream of Wild Health American Indian seed garden project as mentor.; CURA Reporter. 2010;40(12):11-15.
Craig A. Hassel; Can cross - Cultural engagement improve the land-grant university?; Journal of Extension. 2007;45(5):[5FEA7].
Craig A. Hassel; Woodlands Wisdom: A Nutrition Program Interfacing Indigenous and Biomedical Epistemologies; Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2006;38(2):114-120.
Kindi Harala; Chery Smith; Craig Hassel; Patricia Gailfus; New moccasins: Articulating research approaches through interviews with faculty and staff at native and non-native academic institutions; Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2005;37(2):67-76.
Craig A. Hassel; The craft of cross-cultural engagement; Journal of Extension. 2005;43(6):5-18:[6FEA1].
C A Hafner; C A Hassel; R Soberg; J Adelmann; C Fetch; Medicinal herb quality in the United States: Toward bridging perspectives with integrity.; RCHM Journal. 2004;3(3):4-12.
Craig A. Hassel; Can diversity extend to ways of knowing? Engaging cross-cultural paradigms; Journal of Extension. 2004;42(2).
Timothy P. Carr; Kimberly J. Wood; Craig A. Hassel; Rajan Bahl; Daniel D. Gallaher; Raising intestinal contents viscosity leads to greater excretion of neutral steroids but not bile acids in hamsters and rats; Nutrition Research. 2003;23(1):91-102.
Craig A. Hassel; Christopher J. Hafner; Renne Soberg; Jeff Adelmann; Rose Haywood; Using chinese medicine to understand medicinal herb quality: An alternative to biomedical approaches?; Agriculture and Human Values. 2002;19(4):337-347.
- Minnesota Extension Service Nutrition & Health - specialist support to Extension Educators focusing on diet/health and vital aging programming
- Woodlands Wisdom Nutrition Project – work closely with a confederacy of six Tribal Colleges and the University of Minnesota to address chronic health issues in Native American communities through culturally-based food and nutrition programs of teaching, research and community connections
- Families That Work Outreach – work with urban and rural American Indian Communities to assist with developing nutrition education approaches that honor traditional foods and its relationship to land and human health.
- Medicinal Herb Network – work closely with this network, founded as partnership effort of small-scale medicinal herb growers and practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to communicate concepts of medicinal herb quality and to encourage locally grown, high quality medicinal herbs.