Nicole Webster, Ph.D.

Nicole Webster, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Youth and International Development and African Studies
  • Director of the Youth Civic Lab
  • Affiliations:
  • African Studies (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Comparative and International Education (College of Education)
004 Ferguson
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Change
  • International community development


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.S., Michigan State University
  • B.S., University of Florida

Research concentration

  • Youth civic engagement and international community development 

Current research activities 

  • Examining the role and meaning of societal civic engagement among Black and Latino young people in the Caribbean, Central America West Africa, and the Americas 
  • Examining the role of Black youth participation and inclusion in youth development programs in the US 

Graduate courses

AEE 515 Engagement through Outreach Scholarship in Higher Education 
AEE 590  Graduate Colloquium 
AYFCE 535 Youth Civic Development 
AYFCE 840  Applied Youth Development 
AFR 512 Introduction to Decolonial Methods for Interdisciplinary Research 

Select awards 

Fulbright Specialist Kosovo 2017

Fulbright Specialist Nicaragua 2012

Select news coverage 

Fulbright Specialist Awards Speaker to reflect on culture and student engagement in Nicaragua  

Kosovo Chose Me 

Penn State researcher's work empowers youth to be change agents