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Randolph professor to present paper at Cultural Studies Association’s annual conference

J. Nikol Beckham

J. Nikol Beckham

J. Nikol Beckham, a communication studies professor at Randolph, will present her paper, “From Corner Store to Commissary: Placing Correctional Food Systems in the Food Justice Movement,” at the Cultural Studies Association’s annual conference at Villanova University this week.

In her paper, Beckham explores the farm to table process in urban areas as well as food distribution to correctional facilities. She also examines the effects of race and socioeconomic backgrounds in accessibility to healthy foods.

Beckham is also conducting a Summer Research project with two Randolph students. The team plans to define and document connections between urban food systems and correctional systems. They also plan to design an intervention aimed at improving the combined effects of living in urban and correctional food systems for women incarcerated at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.

For more information about the Cultural Studies Association’s annual conference, visit

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