Biography

My research program looks broadly at gender and rural development, with both domestic and international areas of focus.  In the U.S., I study how gender, legal status, and geographical isolation shape integration among immigrants working in agricultural industries.  In particular, I look at social networks and transnational ways of life in non-traditional rural immigrant destinations.  My international research examines the gender dynamics of sustainable agriculture initiatives, including voluntary certifications, responsible investment, and climate-smart agricultural programming in the Global South. My work has a community outreach and advocacy focus, although I do not have a formal extension appointment.  Here at PSU, I continue to build partnerships with outreach and advocacy organizations that support vulnerable populations in agriculture.

Research Interests

Gender and Rural Development; Gender, legal status and geographical isolation shape integration among immigrants working in agricultural industires

Education

  • Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2017
  • M.Phil., Development Studies, University of Oxford, 2008
  • B.A., Economics, University of Manitoba, 2005