Hi, all! I’m a rural sociologist and ethnographer interested in human dimensions of natural resources and the environment and the sociology of food and agriculture. 

Today, I am an ABD dual-title PhD Candidate at Pennsylvania State University and a NIFA Pre-doctoral Fellow. I founded the Female Farmer Photovoice Project and am a former research assistant for the Water for Agriculture project. I will be a Visiting Scholar in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University
an Affiliate with the Oregon Policy Analysis Laboratory, and a Visiting Associate with the OSU Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) program during the 2021-2022 academic year.

In September 2021, I moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, to learn more about agriculture and water governance in the Klamath Basin for my PhD dissertation. While attending the 2021 Klamath Water Users Association Harvest Tour, I told a few folks about the photovoice project I coordinated as part of my Master's thesis. After enthusiastic feedback, I applied for (and received!) grants to fund a project that will showcase the experiences of Klamath Project farmers and ranchers in their own words. Click here to follow along with the Ag in the Basin Photovoice Project.


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Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology

Participatory Research

Sociology of Food and Agriculture

Water and Society

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How can we make natural resource governance more collaborative, inclusive, and equitable?

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Hannah T. Whitley

PhD Candidate | Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment