Kathryn Teigen De Master
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies:
Center for Environmental Studies
Kathryn De Master is a Visiting Assistant Professor (3 years) at the Center for Environmental Studies, where her scholarship explores the intersections of the environment and society. Her primary focus is agriculture and includes explorations of alternative agro-food systems, organic farming, and global agriculture. Kathryn completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her dissertation involved an extended case study of the national Polish organic agriculture sector, in the context of Poland's 2004 accession to the European Union (EU). Her current work explores the applicability of EU-style "multifunctional" initiatives in New England. She is also engaged in a collaborative research project with students in the "Sustenance and Sustainability" course she teaches that will aim over the next 3 years to create a detailed social, environmental, geographic and political map of the Providence food system. Kathryn teaches courses in agro-food systems, environment and humanities, and an introductory environmental studies class.
Ph.D. Environmental Studies
2009 Ph.D. Capstone in Teaching Award, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
2009 Vilas Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2008 Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007 Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007 Raymond Penn Memorial Fellowship dissertation grant
2007 "Paper Landscapes, Lived Landscapes" travel grant, European Studies, UW-Madison.
2006, 2005 University Dissertation Fellowship Departmental Nominee, Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison Graduate School.
2006 "Eastern Europe in Transition: Property Relations and Society" fellowship, The Center for German and European Studies, UW-Madison.
2006 European Union Center of Excellence Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2005 Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship for dissertation field research in Poland
2004 "Citizenship and Identity in a New Europe" graduate fellowship, The Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rural Sociology Society
Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society
American Sociological Association
International Rural Sociology Association (First Nations/Indigenous Peoples Working Group)
American Anthropological Association
American Geographers Association
Social and service learning Experiential methods Collaborative, inter-disciplinary instruction Alternative instructional delivery (formative assessments, learning communities, multiple media)