Nicole Webster, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Youth and International Development
  • Co-Director of the 2iE-Penn State Centre for
  • Collaborative Engagement in Burkina Faso, West Africa
Nicole Webster, Ph.D.
204B Ferguson
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2695

Areas of Expertise

  • Civic Engagement and Social Change
  • International and domestic community development

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  1. 2002, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  2. 1992, M.S., Michigan State University
  3. 1993, B.S., University of Florida

Research concentration:

Youth civic development and international community development 

Current research activities: 

Examining the role of black youth participation and inclusion in 4H programs in the US 

Examining the role of youth engagement and social movements of young adults in Central America and West Africa

Investigating the inclusion and role of youth in agriculture as a form of engagement in the West Indies (Trinidad)

Recent Publications

Webster, N., Coffey, H., & Ash, A.  (in press).  Convergence of Urban Teacher Education and Urban Lives Matter.  Edited chapter in Handbook of Research on Professional Development for Quality Teaching and Learning.  IGI Global Publishing

Sausner, E. & Webster, N. (in press). Moving out or building up: Theoretical links between migration and community resilience in Nicaraguan Afro-Caribbean coastal communities. J. of Developing Societies.

Webster, N. (in press).  4-H and its Relevance in the Era of #Moments in Urban Communities.  Journal of Extension. 

Webster, N.  Assessing vocational and educational training and food security in West Africa (in review).  J. of Asian and African Studies. 

Webster, N. Food systems and agriculture education:  intersections of two converging worlds.  (in review).  Oxford Development Studies. 

Webster, N. (2015). Girls, Globalization and Science: Creating a culture of New Scientists on a Global Scale. June 2015, p. 13. Magazine des Journee Enterprises 2iE available at

Webster, N. (2015). Agriculture and Youth Development State of Global Youth? Agricultural Education and Training Good Practices. Innovate Project available at uploads/2015/08/Youth_goodpractice_5715.pdf

Webster, N. (2014). Youth and the integration of agriculture and society. Report for the United States Department of Agriculture. InnovATE project. Internal white paper. 

Webster, N.S., & Ganpat, W. (2013). St. Vincent and Youth and Careers in Agriculture. J. of Agricultural Education and Extension, 20(1), pp. 49-64.

Select Professional Presentations and Technical Reports 

Webster, N.  Factors and influences of 4H youth participation among minority youth.  Internal report for CARE Organization.;  (2015).  

Webster, N. & Smith, M.  (2015).  4H Youth and integrated community programming.  Report for the Library of Congress.  Health and Wellness Fair Report.; 

Webster, N.  (2014). Youth and the integration of agriculture and society.  Report for the United States Department of Agriculture.  InnovATE project.  Internal white paper.

Webster, N. (2014). Agricultural Education and Training Good Practices Factsheet. InnovATE Good Practices Factsheet.

Related Teaching Efforts

Instructor— AYFCE 535 Youth Civic Engagement 

Instructor—AEE 820 International Agriculture and Development 

Instructor — CED 230 International Economic Development

Instructor — AEE 496 Qualitative Inquiry in the Social Sciences (2007-2010)

Recent activities:

Invited talks (2015-2016):

Gender and agricultural involvement. 2iE International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, Journee Entreprises (2015), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. June 10-12, 2015.


Fulbright Specialist, Nicaragua