Kathryn Brasier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Rural Sociology


    Energy and Society, specifically Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development
    Community Development and Public Engagement
    Water Quality
    Environmental Governance Systems
    Women in Agriculture



    About Me


    Research Interests

    My research program focuses on collective action, networks and public participation related to agricultural, natural resource, and environmental issues. Specific research projects include networks and adoption of on-farm conservation technologies; networks as a means for rural and agricultural economic development; community watershed organizations; social and economic impacts of natural resource extraction; land use change and the social and ecological causes and consequences; and the effects of space and scale on farm and environmental decision-making.

    Outreach/Extension Interests

    My Extension programs follow from my research, and emphasize ways of collectively organizing and making decisions related to agricultural, natural resource and environmental issues. These programs include:

    Recent Publications

    Brasier, K., C. Sachs, N. E. Kiernan, A. Trauger, and M. Barbercheck. 2014. “Capturing the Multiple and Shifting Identities of Farm Women in the Northeastern United States.” Rural Sociology

    Mount, D., Kelsey, T., & Brasier, K. 2014. "The impact of Marcellus Shale development on hotel revenues in Pennsylvania." ICHRIE Penn State Research Report 2014-1.

    Prokopy, L., N. Mullendore, K. Brasier, and K. Floress. 2014. “Creating a Typology of Catalyst Events for Collaborative Watershed Management in the United States.” Society and Natural Resources

    Brasier, K, D. McLaughlin, D. Rhubart, R. Stedman, M. Filteau, and J. Jacquet. 2013. “Risk Perceptions of Natural Gas Development in the Marcellus Shale.” Environmental Practice 15:108-122.

    Stedman, R. C., J. B. Jacquet, M. R. Filteau, F. K. Willits, K. J. Brasier, and D. K. McLaughlin. 2012. "Marcellus Shale Gas Development and New Boomtown Research: Views of New York and Pennsylvania Residents." Journal of Environmental Practice 14:287-298.

    Barbercheck, M., K. Brasier, N.E. Kiernan, C. Sachs, and A. Trauger. 2012. “Use of Best Management Practices by Women Farmers in the Northeastern United States.” Renewable Food and Agriculture Systems 29(1):65-82.

    Kiernan, Nancy Ellen; Barbercheck, Mary; Brasier, Kathryn J.; Sachs, Carolyn; Terman, Anna Rachel. 2012. “Women Farmers: Pulling Up Their Own Educational Boot Straps with Extension.” Journal of Extension 50(5):5RIB5.

    Brasier, K., M. Filteau, D. McLaughlin, R. Stedman, J. Jacquet, T. Kelsey, and S. Goetz. 2011. “Residents' Perceptions of Community and Environmental Impacts from Development of Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale: A Comparison of Pennsylvania and New York Case Studies.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences 26(1):32-61. Special issue on "Social Issues Associated with Unconventional Natural Gas Development"

    Lenihan, M. H., and K. Brasier. 2010. “Eco-Modernization and the US Farm Bill: The Case of the Conservation Security Program.” Journal of Rural Studies 26(3): 219-227.

    Goetz, S., Y. Han, J. Findeis, and K. Brasier. 2010. “US Commuting Networks and Economic Growth: Measurement and Implications for Spatial Policy.” Growth and Change Special Issue: Best Practices in Rural Development and Policy 41(2): 276-302.

    Trauger, A., C. Sachs. M. Barbercheck, NE Kiernan, K. Brasier, and A. Schwartzberg. 2010. “The Object of Extension: Agricultural Education and Authentic Farmers in Pennsylvania.” Sociologia Ruralis 50:85-103.

    Trauger, A., C. Sachs, M. Barbercheck, K. Brasier, N.E. Kiernan. 2010 "Our Market is Our Community": Women Farmers and Civic Agriculture in Pennsylvania, USA.” Agriculture and Human Values . 27(1):43-55.

    Fenton, G., K. Brasier, G. Henning. 2010. Status of Women in Agriculture According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture. Journal of Agromedicine 15(1):5-6.

    Fenton, G., K. Brasier, G. Henning, R. Radhakrishna, and B. Jayarao. 2010. Occupational Health Characteristics of Women on Dairy Farms in Pennsylvania. Journal of Agromedicine 15(1):7-15.

    Fenton, G., K. Brasier, G. Henning, R. Radhakrishna, and B. Jayarao. 2010. Occupational Health Behaviors and Habits of Women on Dairy Farms in Pennsylvania. Journal of Agromedicine 15(1):16-23.

    Lenihan, M. H., and K. Brasier. 2009. “Scaling Down the European Model of Agriculture: The Case of the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme in Ireland.” Agriculture and Human Values 26(4):365-378.

    Barbercheck, M., K. Brasier, N.E. Kiernan, C. Sachs, A. Trauger, J. Findeis, A. Stone, and L. Moist. 2009. “Meeting the Extension Needs of Women Farmers: A Perspective from Pennsylvania.” Journal of Extension 47(3).

    Brasier, K., M. Barbercheck, N. E. Kiernan, C. Sachs, A. Schwartzberg, and A. Trauger. 2009. “Extension Educators’ Perceptions of the Educational Needs of Women Farmers.” Journal of Extension 47(3).

    Stedman, R., B. Lee, K. Brasier, J. Weigle, and F. Higdon. 2009. “Cleaning Up Water? Or Building Rural Community? Community Watershed Organizations in Pennsylvania." Rural Sociology 74(2):178-200.

    Trauger, A., C. Sachs, M. Barbercheck, N.E. Kiernan, and K. Brasier. 2008. “Agricultural Education: Gender Identity and Knowledge Exchange.” Journal of Rural Studies 24:432-439.

    Brasier, K., S. Goetz, L. Smith, M. Ames, J. Green, T. Kelsey, A. Rangarajan, and W. Whitmer. 2007. “Small Farm Clusters and Pathways to Rural Community Sustainability.” Community Development 38(3):8-22. Special issue on sustainable agriculture and community development.

    Book Chapters

    Brasier, K., and M. Filteau. Forthcoming. “Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development: Assessing the Evidence.” In M. Finkel (ed.), The Rush to Drill: The Human and Environmental Costs of Shale Gas Extraction. Praeger Press.

    Brasier, K., L. Davis, L. Glenna, T. Kelsey, D. McLaughlin, K. Schafft, K. Babbie, C. Biddle, A. Delessio-Parson, and D. Rhubart. Forthcoming. Communities Experiencing Shale Gas Development. In Y. Weng and W. Hefley (eds.), Economics of Unconventional Shale Gas Development - Case Studies and Impacts.

    Kinchy, A., S. Perry, D. Rhubart, R. Stedman, K. Brasier, and J. Jacquet. 2014. “New Natural Gas Development and Rural Communities in the United States.” Chapter prepared for Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s.

    Brasier, K., A. Patel-Campillo, and J. Findeis. 2013. “Aging Population and Rural Land Use Patterns: Innovation and Impacts.” In N. Glasgow and E. Berry (Eds.), Aging in Rural America.

    Brasier, K., J. Findeis, C. Hubbard, L. Hubbard, and R. Salcedo Dubois. 2012. Pp. 196-215 in “Agricultural Transformations in the US and UK.” In M. Shucksmith, D. Brown, S. Shortall, M. Warner and J. Vergunst (Eds.), Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US. Routledge Series on Development and Society.

    Brasier, K., B. Lee, R. Stedman, and J. Weigle. 2011. “Local Champions Speak Out: Pennsylvania's Community Watershed Organizations.” Pp. 190-206 in L.W. Morton & S. Brown (Eds.), Springer Press.

    Findeis, J.L, K. Brasier, and R. Salcedo Du Bois. 2009. "Population-driven Transition Zones in the United States: Demographic Change, Land Use, and Adjustments in the Structure of Agriculture." Pp. 13-40 in S. Goetz and F. Brouwer (eds.), New Perspectives on Agri-Environmental Policies: A Multidisciplinary and Transatlantic Approach. Routledge.

    Lenihan, M., K. Brasier, and R. Stedman. 2009. “Perceptions of Agriculture’s Multifunctional Role Among Rural Pennsylvanians.” Pp. 127-150 in K. Andersson, E. Eklund, M. Lehtola, and P. Salmi (eds.), Beyond the Rural-Urban Divide: Cross-Continental Perspectives on the Differentiated Countryside and its Regulation. Rural Sociology and Development series, volume 14. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

    Research Reports

    Brasier, K., L. Davis, L. Glenna, T. Kelsey, D. McLaughlin, K. Schafft, K. Babbie, C. Biddle, A. Delessio-Parson, and D. Rhubart. 2014. The Marcellus Shale Impacts Study: Chronicling Social and Economic Change in Pennsylvania. Final Report to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

    Brasier, K. 2012. Ferguson Township Community Survey Results. Final report to the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors.

    Alter, T., T. Ooms, K. Brasier, D. McLaughlin, F. Willits, and S. Tracewski. 2010. Baseline Socioeconomic Analysis for the Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania. Final report to the Appalachian Regional Commission.

    Brasier, K., and S. Goetz. 2010. A Social Network Analysis of the May 2009 NE-RCRD Local Foods Conference: Technical Report . Rural Development Paper No. 47 published by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

    Bassler, A., K. Brasier, N. Fogle, and R. Taverno. 2008. Developing Effective Citizen Engagement: A Guide for Community Leaders. Final report to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

    Higdon, F., K. Brasier, R. Stedman, B. Lee, and S. Sherman. 2005. Assessment of Community Watershed Organizations in Rural Pennsylvania. Final report to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

    Holden, L., J. Hyde, R. Stup, and K. Brasier. 2004. Building on Our Strengths: Workforce Development for the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry. Final report to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

    Current and Former Graduate Students

    Matthew Filteau
    PhD - Summer 2012 ("Who Are Those Guys? Undoing the Oilfield's Roughneck Masculinity”)

    Melissa Brill
    MPS - Fall 2010 (“A Guide to Understanding and Implementing Civil Society Strengthening Programs” )

    Neal Fogle
    MPS - Fall 2011 (“Implementation of Comprehensive, Visioning, and Strategic Plans”)

    Joe Slaughter
    MPS - Fall 2011 ("Implementation of the Countywide Bicycle and Recreation Trail Plan”)

    Jon Clark
    PhD - Summer 2010 (“Greening the Factory Farm: Toward a Theory of Agri-Environmental Techno-science”)

    Lindsay Smith
    MS - Summer 2008 (“From Cowbelles to WAgNs: Factors That Have Influenced the Creation of Women Initiated Agriculture Organizations in the United States”)

    Sarah Black
    AEE (co-chair)
    MS - Summer 2008 (“Exploring Local Politicians’ Trust of the Public”)

    Daniel Snyder
    MS - Summer 2007 (“Building Community in a 3D Space”)

    Martin Lenihan
    PhD - Fall 2006 (“State, Social Movement and Producer Perspectives on Multifunctional Agriculture in the Global Food Regime”)


    PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002