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As of July 2019, Katherine Dentzman is a postdoctoral research associate with Paul Lewin and Ryanne Pilgeram in the Department Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Idaho. From March 2017 through July 2019 she held a postdoc position with Jessica Goldberger in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University.

Katherine earned her PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University in May of 2017. As part of her PhD work, she completed a specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems. Her research interests include the sociology of agriculture, environmental sociology, mixed methods, place studies, technology adoption, and local food systems.

Her current research spans multiple inter- and trans-disciplinary projects including:

  • ‘Women Farmers on the Rise in the US and Idaho: Understanding and Supporting Women Farm Operators’
    • Funding: USDA-AFRI
    • Location: University of Idaho
    • Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Performance and Adoptability of Biodegradable Plastic Mulch for Sustainable Specialty Crop Production’ 
    • Funding: USDA SCRI award 2014-51181-22382.
    • Location: Washington State University
    • Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • ‘Building a Pacific Northwest Herbicide Resistance Initiative’
    • Funding: Weed Science Society of America; USDA-APHIS
    • Location: University of Idaho.
    • Position: Primary Investigator
  • ‘Equine Carcass Composting: Demonstration Leads to Industry Adoption’
    • Funding: University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Rapid Agricultural Response Fund
    • Location: University of Minnesota
    • Position: Co-PI.
  • ‘Barriers and Bridges to the Adoption of Plastic Mulches in Caneberry Production’
    • Funding: Washington State Department of Agriculture
    • Location: Washington State University
    • Role: Co-PI

Katherine is the Graduate/Early-Career Representative for the Board of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. She is on the Program Committee for AFHVS and chairs the Society’s Student Travel Award Committee. She also chairs the Community Outreach Committee for WSU’s Postdoctoral and Professional Research Association and is involved in the WSU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences.