Founded in 1998 as an outgrowth of the Sixth Conference on Rural and Farm Women in Historical Perspective, the Rural Women’s Studies Association is an international association for the advancement and promotion of farm and rural women’s gender studies in historical perspective. The Association aims to encourage research, to promote existing and forthcoming scholarship, and to establish and maintain links with contemporary farm and rural women’s organizations. The RWSA aims to encourage scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and countries to communicate about their research and all other activities that are supportive of the Association’s goals.

RWSA’s primary project is sponsoring a triennial conference. Learn more about our upcoming conference on our 2024 Conference page.

Rural Women’s Studies Blog

Rural Women’s Studies is a weekly blog hosted by the Rural Women’s Studies Association. Its purpose is to improve the visibility of rural women’s studies research and activism around the world.

RWSA members and others who work in the field of rural women’s studies are encouraged to submit material for possible inclusion in this blog to the editorial team at cy************@gm***.com.



Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University, cr*****@as****.edu

Cynthia Culver Prescott, University of North Dakota, cy************@gm***.com


Lynne Benson, University of Massachusetts-Boston, ly**********@um*.edu

Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University, pr*****@ia*****.edu


Jenny Barker-Devine, Illinois College, je*****************@ic.edu

International Membership and Communication Coordinators

Pacific–Katie Cooper, Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand, ka**********@te****.nz

Canada–Jodey Nurse, McMaster University, nu****@mc******.ca

Europe–Margreet van der Burg, Wageningen University, Ma*****************@wu*.nl; and Tanya Watson, National University of Ireland, ta**********@ya***.com

Africa–Olubunmi Ashimolowo, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, ol****************@ya***.com; and Oluwaseun Boye, Ogun State Government, Nigeria, ol***********@gm***.com

United States–Tracey Hanshew, Washington State University-TriCities, tr************@ws*.edu; and Yvette Blair-Lavallais, yv****@yv*********.com

Graduate Student Coordinators and Emerging Professionals

Maggie Weber, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, we*****@uw**.edu

Kendra DeHart, Texas Christian University, ke***********@gm***.com

Karissa Patton, University of Lethbridge, ka************@ul***.ca

Diane McKenzie, University of Lethbridge, mc*******@ul***.ca

Web Master

Katherine Jellison, Ohio University, je******@oh**.edu

Newsletter Editor

Margaret Thomas Evans, Indiana University East, ma******@iu*.edu


Cynthia Culver Prescott, University of North Dakota, cy************@gm***.com

Anne Effland, USDA, an**********@us**.gov

Sara Morris, University of Kansas, se******@ku.edu

Social Media Coordinators

Cynthia Culver Prescott, University of North Dakota, cy************@gm***.com

Maggie Weber, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, we*****@uw**.edu