Lillian MacNell

Assistant Professor
Public Health
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Office Address:
Maddox Hall
Room 218


My research focuses on how hunger and food insecurity affect health and wellbeing. In my research, I employ multiple methods to better understand how people navigate their food environments and experience poor food access. I am especially interested in how rural residents’ perceptions of their food environments can help local organizations best address their communities’ needs.

My teaching and research interests also include rural health, environmental health and justice, and quantitative and qualitative methods.


  • Sociology, Ph.D., 2016 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Applied Sociology of the Environment, M.A., 2010 University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Environmental Studies, B.S., 2008 University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL


  • American Public Health Association
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • Southeastern University Consortium on Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition


  • Hardison-Moody A, MacNell L, Elliott S, Bowen S. How social, cultural, and economic environments shape infant feeding for low-income women: A qualitative study in North Cartolina. J of the Acad of Nutr and Dietetics. 2018. Forthcoming.
  • MacNell L, Elliott S, Hardison-Moody A, Bowen S. Black and Latino urban food desert residents' perceptions of their food environment and factors that influence food shopping decisions. J of Hunger and Env Nutr. 2017. 12(3):375-393.
  • MacNell L, Driscoll A, Hunt A. What's in a name: Exposing gender bias in student ratings of instruction. Innovative Higher Ed. 2015. 40(4):291-303.