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Carolyn Sachs

Carolyn Sachs

Professor of Rural Sociology

111-C Armsby
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8641


  1. Ph.D. Sociology, University of Kentucky, 1981


Research Interests

My research examines issues of gender and agriculture and gender and environmental issues.  My first project involves exploring the new women agricultural entrepreneurs and their opportunities and barriers to success.  I am also engaged in a comparative international project on gender and climate change in India in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization.  My third project focuses on gender and the food system exploring gendered work in the food system from farm to table.

Outreach/Extension Interests

My extension and outreach interests include working with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (PAWAgN) to provide hands-on agricultural, entrepreneurship, and leadership training.   I serve on an expert panel to the UN on Gender, Water, and Sanitation.