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Catherine E. Sanders



Dr. Sanders is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Food Systems Communication at North Carolina State University in the Agricultural and Human Sciences Department.

Catherine “Katie” Sanders (previously Catherine E. Dobbins) served as a graduate research assistant in the Lamm Lab from 2019 to 2023. She received her Ph.D. in science communication and Extension evaluation at the University of Georgia in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department in spring 2023.

While completing her M.S. at the University of Arkansas, she worked on a Higher Education Challenge grant to facilitate a course focusing on global horticulture and community resilience as well as to evaluate student experiences during international service learning.

Research Interests

Katie’s research interests include communicating environmental science to the public based on cultural and social identity, investigating the social consequences of agricultural innovations, and using post-qualitative methodologies to further research within the discipline.

Current Projects

Her dissertation inquiry focused on developing a holistic conceptualization of identity to improve intercultural communication competencies within program evaluation settings.

Favorite Quote

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

Frank Zappa
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Katie’s Work in the Lamm Lab

Katie’s CV