Originally from Elkton, Oregon, Hannah is a Doctoral Candidate in Rural Sociology and the dual-title program Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment at Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation uses case study methods to examine the policy, governance, and engagement complexities of intergovernmental river basin management.

In 2019, she completed her Master’s thesis in Rural Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State. Hannah’s thesis used a community-based participatory action method called photovoice to explore how socially constructed identities complicate barriers and opportunities for urban agriculturalists and connect to broader institutional inequities. She created and coordinated The Female Farmer Photovoice Project, a program that invited participants to use photography and written narratives to represent and reflect on their experiences as women farmers, growers, food activists and agricultural educators in Pittsburgh, PA.

Before pursuing graduate study, Hannah was an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Oregon State University, where she researched connections between climate change and community reactions to extreme weather events. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology, Sociology, and Religious Studies.

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Hannah T. Whitley

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