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2022 Thomas C. Kinnear/Journal of Public Policy & Marketing Award

Melissa G. Bublitz, Jonathan Hansen, Laura A. Peracchio, and Sherrie Tussler are the recipients of the 2022 Thomas C. Kinnear Award for their article “Hunger and Food Well-Being: Advancing Research and Practice,” which appeared in the April 2019 issue (Vol. 38, No. 2) of JPP&M.

“We are honored to receive the Kinnear Award on behalf of our collaborative research with the Hunger Task Force,” the authors stated. “We are proud of this work to expand the Food Well-Being paradigm to include people experiencing hunger, who have the right to food with dignity. We hope this research inspires more academics and social impact leaders to work together in research partnerships. Deeper conceptual and social impact insights emerge when academics collaborate with nonprofit and public policy leaders. When public policy to address hunger and poverty is fully funded and local community-based organizations are empowered to innovate, solutions emerge for pressing social problems.”


The authors noted the important real-world impact their work had in partnership with Hunger Task Force, a Milwaukee-based food bank and advocacy organization:

“This published article and collaborative research effort had tremendous impact on Hunger Task Force’s mission to end hunger. Not only did the article create a new lens through which to view agency programs and marketing strategies, but as a unique and distinguished supporting application document, this research also helped secure a large, multiyear grant to support Hunger Task Force’s Mobile Market.”

Named after JPP&M’s founding editor, Thomas C. Kinnear, the award honors articles that make the most significant contribution to the understanding of marketing and public policy issues within a three-year time period. (See a list of previous award winners.) JPP&M coeditors Maura Scott and Kelly Martin oversaw the selection process.

In addition to the winning article, the other excellent finalists for the award were:

Children and Online Privacy Protection: Empowerment from Cognitive Defense Strategies,” by J. Craig Andrews, Kristen L. Walker, Jeremy Kees | Volume 39, No. 2 (April 2020)

Mobile Phone Visual Ethnography (MpVE): Bridging Transformative Photography and Mobile Phone Ethnography,” by Benét DeBerry-Spence, Akon E. Ekpo, Daniel Hogan | Volume 38, No. 1 (January 2019)

Understanding the Calorie Labeling Paradox in Chain Restaurants: Why Menu Calorie Labeling Alone May Not Affect Average Calories Ordered,” by Christopher Berry, Scot Burton, Elizabeth Howlett, Christopher L. Newman | Volume 38, No. 2 (April 2019)

Shaping Small Business Lending Policy Through Matched-Pair Mystery Shopping,” by Sterling A. Bone, Glenn L. Christensen, Jerome D. Williams, Stella Adams, Anneliese Lederer, Paul C. Lubin | Volume 38, No. 3 (September 2019)

About Journal of Public Policy & Marketing

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