Cara Jacob

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Specialization: Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change through the Center for Gender in Global Context


Baker Hall


Research Interests

  • Water Insecurity
  • Gender
  • Anthropology of Infrastructure
  • Environment and Development Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Feminist Political Ecology
  • Structural Racism
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Power/Expertise/Knowledge Production

Biographical Info

Cara is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology with a focus on urban water insecurity in the global North. She completed her B.A. in Anthropology, with a minor in Religious Studies at the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH in 2015. She then worked for two years as the Research Coordinator for a non-profit focused on women’s economic self-sufficiency in Cincinnati, OH, before beginning her graduate career at Michigan State University. She obtained her M.A. in Anthropology in 2020, while working towards her Ph.D. Her research interests include intersectional and feminist approaches to the study of the natural and built environment (infrastructure) as well as the use of community based participatory-research methods.

Current Research Projects

Urban Water Insecurity and Lead Contamination in Milwaukee, WI


2021– Dr. Lucero Radonic, Cara Jacob. Cracking the myth of universal water security in the Global North: An examination of household labor over ‘safe’ water. Water Alternatives 14(1): 60-78.

2021 – Dr. Lucero Radonic, Cara Jacob, Dr. Rowenn Kalmann, and Yvonne Lewis. It’s a sprint not a marathon: A case for building short-term partnerships for CBPR. Qualitative Methods.