I am a PhD candidate in rural sociology working with Dr. Shoshanah Inwood. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Rennes 1 (France) and a master’s degree in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont. After completing my master’s degree, I worked as a staff researcher at the University of Vermont Center for Rural studies (CRS) for 4.5 years. I am on track to complete my degree by Spring 2020.
My scholarship explores how rural populations and communities meet their social and economic needs in the US and France. I have thus far focused on two connected themes: 1. The social, economic, and political processes and structures affecting the lives of rural populations with a focus on farm households and 2. Community based economic development through food and agriculture. Using mixed-methods and often drawing on relational theoretical approaches, my work spans several fields and topic areas including the sociology of food and agriculture, social stratification, rural health, social and agricultural policies, and community and economic development.
- Health insurance and rural economic development in agriculture (HIREDnAg)
- Investigating innovative models of mental health care for farmers and farm families
- The status and changing face of Ohio agriculture