L4E PHD FELLOW - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
Katie is pursuing a PhD in Plant and Soil Science, with a focus on Agroecology. Her dissertation research will focus on high-impact pedagogical approaches to teaching agroecology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is especially interested in: assessing the impact of student involvement in long-term participatory action research; leveraging agroecology education as a mechanism for cultivating engaged global citizens; and exploring the mutual reinforcement of systems of social and ecological oppression. A commitment to rigorously exploring the transformational potential of agroecology to address ecological degradation and social injustice within agri-food systems undergirds Katie’s research. Prior to graduate school, Katie’s professional experiences focused on outdoor and garden-based education programs and small-scale, diversified agriculture. Katie holds a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus in Policy from Middlebury College and an MS in Food Systems from UVM. Her Master’s work examined childhood obesity through the lens of behavioral economics. Katie is also pursuing certificates of graduate study in Ecological Economics and Agroecology. Outside of academia, Katie enjoys socializing over food, learning about coffee, exploring new places, going on adventures with her partner and their dog, and thinking about what it means to live well in place.