Sarah Eissler

Sarah Eissler

Biography:

Sarah Eissler is a PhD student at Penn State University in the dual-title Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) program. Her current research areas focus on gender in the context of climate change and smallholder cacao farming in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. She is working with The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) for her dissertation work, and partnered with the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) for her M.S. thesis research. Her Master’s work investigated decision-making on technology adoption with smallholder coffee farmers in Costa Rica, and she has been engaged in various research projects with a heavy focus on community, gender, climate change, smallholder commodity farming, and youth engagement. She also works closely with the UNESCO Chair program in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State University.

She holds a dual-title M.S. in Rural Sociology and INTAD, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University. Extremely passionate and engaged in international work, Ms. Eissler has traveled and lived in over 35 countries and has varying levels of competencies in French, Spanish, and Portuguese. She received a FLAS fellowship to study intensive Portuguese in Florianopolis, Brazil – a strategic location and language for her research agenda focused on coffee and cacao production. Brazil is a leading producer of global cacao and coffee; her Portuguese training has enabled her to build a network of contacts in Brazil and access entire new bodies of literature in Portuguese. 

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