Kathryn is a 2nd year PhD student in Cultural Anthropology. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University and a dual MA in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Additionally, Kathryn has two years of experience as an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer and has eight years of experience designing and teaching curriculum for students in pre-school through 12thgrade. Her research is situated within rural communities in the eastern region of Paraguay and focuses on how farmers defend and adapt their way of life in response to economic and political systems which privilege corporate interests. She is interested in processes of enculturation, identity formation, and coalition building.