Carolyn Sachs, Ph.D.

Carolyn Sachs, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and Agriculture
  • Women Farmers
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Gender and Climate Change


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Kentucky, 1981


Research Interests

My research examines issues of gender and agriculture and gender and environmental issues.  My first project involves exploring the new women agricultural entrepreneurs and their opportunities and barriers to success.  I am also engaged in a comparative international project on gender and climate change in India in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization.  My third project focuses on gender and the food system exploring gendered work in the food system from farm to table. 

Outreach/Extension Interests

My extension and outreach interests include working with the Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network (PAWAgN) to provide hands-on agricultural, entrepreneurship, and leadership training.   I serve on an expert panel to the UN on Gender, Water, and Sanitation.  

Current/Recent Courses

  • RSoc 508: Sociology of Agriculture
  • RSoc/WMNST 420 Women in Developing Countries
  • RSoc/WMNST 597C: Qualitative Research Methods

Recent Publications

Sachs, C. and M. Alston. 2010.  Global Shifts, Sedimentations and Imaginaries.  SIGNS:  Journal of Women Culture and Society 35(2):277-288.

Trauger, A., Sachs, C., M. Barbercheck, K. Brasier, N.E. Kiernan, A. Schwartzburg.  2010.  The Object of Extension:  Agricultural Education and Authentic Farmers in Pennsylvania, USA.  Sociologia Ruralis 50(2):85-197.