Dr. Hilary King is an applied anthropologist and sustainable food advocate. Through her current work as the Sustainable Development Postdoctoral Fellow in the Emory University Masters' in Development Practice, she teaches students in a two-year professional degree program that prepares them for careers in the international development and humanitarian fields. Hilary also works as the Director of Special Projects at Community Farmers Markets (CFM), a farmers market umbrella organization that uses markets, education and financial incentives to increase food access and support local economies.
Hilary is committed to putting social science research to work to address issues of poverty, inequity and social justice. For more than 15 years, she has investigated how social relationships shape economic interactions, particularly through food. She has worked with farmers and consumers across the United States, Mexico, Central America, and East Africa with support from Thomas J. Watson and Fulbright Fellowships and raised more than $1,000,000 in research and project funding. Through her research, she has co-developed innovative food system projects and businesses, including the Fresh MARTA Markets at public transit stations in Atlanta and direct trade relationships between farmers in the Dominican Republic and consumers in the United States. Her work investigates how people connect to one another in an increasingly globalized world, and how these connections affect our understanding of responsibility as members of a global community.
A native Oregonian, Hilary moved to Atlanta in 2010. She is active in Atlanta's civil society, including the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2018 and serving on the Board of Directors for Global Growers Network, which connects refugee farmers and others to land in Metro Atlanta. She also makes a darn good latte and handmade tortillas.