Kaitlyn Spangler, Ph.D.

Kaitlyn Spangler, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Community Development and Engagement
208 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Agri-food systems
  • Community development
  • Climate justice
  • Land use change
  • Critical data science
  • Qualitative methodologies


  • Ph.D., Environment and Society, Utah State University
  • M.S., Geography, Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Community, Environment, and Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

My scholarship and praxis are anchored in working toward more sustainable, agrobiodiverse landscapes and, therein, more just communities. I aim to disentangle the inequities of agri-food systems and landscapes and to position these landscapes as sites of new socioecological imaginaries, collaborative governance, and community-building. To do so, I use diverse quantitative and qualitative methodologies to integrate “big” geospatial data and “deep” social livelihoods data as tools for cultivating community-engaged research, teaching, and practice.