Dr. Kathryn DeMaster will serve as Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Food Security in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management’s Society and Environment Division, beginning January 2013.
Dr. DeMaster comes to Berkeley from Brown University, where she held a Visiting Assistant Professorship at the Center for Environmental Studies. She has focused her research on engaged scholarship, exploring the applicability of EU-style “multifunctional” initiatives in New England and mapping the local Providence food system with her students. DeMaster also served as coordinator of the “Cultivating Hope” Community Urban Agriculture Initiative, helping to initiate a collaborative urban gardening program between Brown University students and the students and staff at John Hope Settlement House (JHSH), a community service center in one of Providence’s most diverse and low-income neighborhoods.
DeMaster completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her dissertation involved an extended case study of the national Polish organic agriculture sector, in the context of Poland’s 2004 accession to the European Union (EU).