About Dr. Kristy Leissle

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Dr. Kristy Leissle is a scholar of cocoa and chocolate. Since 2004, her work has investigated the politics, economics, and cultures of these industries, focusing on West African political economy and trade, the US craft market, and the complex meanings produced and consumed through chocolate marketing and advertising. Her recent book, Cocoa (Cambridge: Polity, 2018) explores cocoa geopolitics and personal politics, and was #3 on Food Tank’s 2018 Fall Reading List.

Dr. Leissle is Affiliate Faculty in African Studies at the University of Washington; Research Associate for the development through trade organization Twin & Twin Trading; and Cultural Specialist for National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions. She lives in Accra.

I am researching now for my next book on cocoa value addition across sub-Saharan Africa. If you have a project or business that adds value to cocoa beans or transforms them into higher value products, and would like to share more about your work, please be in touch. I am enthusiastic to learn about new initiatives and to feature them whenever possible in my writing.


15 thoughts on “About Dr. Kristy Leissle

  1. I few years back I had cocoa tested for heavy metals. Then I stopped eating chocolate. I also collected what I could find about cocoa on the internet. Any interest in seeing evidence of cocoa’s danger?


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