Fellows & Grantees

Jenny Kehl

Abe Fellowship 2010
Project Title
Water Scarcity and Food Security
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Development, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Jenny Kehl examines the relationship between water security and economic development. Kehl is the Global Water Security Scholar for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and political economist at School of Freshwater Sciences. Kehl connects science and social science to analyze how water scarcity affects food production, energy consumption, political stability, and economic growth in local and global water systems. Dr. Kehl has worked in Africa, Asia, the American Southwest, and the Great Lakes on water security, development, and equity issues, with a focus on environmental stressors and dispute resolution. Kehl addresses water issues that are politically charged and economically driven. She articulates the need for strategic thinking, multidisciplinary education, and innovative policies to promote political and economic stability, environmental sustainability, and responsible stewardship of water resources.