Kathryn Foster

Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology

  • Research Focus: The intersectionality of temporalities in climate migration; environmental injustice; population changes and rural migration; education

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

  • College Attended: BYU, BS in Sociology, Nonprofit Management, and International Studies


Kathryn Foster is a Ph.D. student in Development Sociology at Cornell University in the Population and Development track. Kathryn uses demographic and quantitative methods in their research. Their current research focuses on temporality in shaping the migration experience, especially in the context of climate migration. Similarly, Kathryn’s research interests also include environmental injustices, rurality, and education.


  • Kathryn, Foster, Melissa S. Jones, and Hayley Pierce. (2022) “Youth, Race, and Police Interaction: The effect of direct and vicarious police encounters on youths’ perceptions of police.” Criminal Justice and Behavior. 49(5):660-680
  • Foster, Kathryn. (2021). [ Review of the book Cultivating Nature: The Conservation of Valencian Working Landscape by SH.] Rural Sociology. 86(1):165-167
  • Pierce, Hayley., and Kathryn Foster. (2020). “Health and Well-Being Outcomes of Women and Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: Examining the Role of Formal Schooling, Literacy, and Health Knowledge.” International Journal of Educational Development. 79(1): 1-7.
  • Foster, Kathryn. (2020). “Does My Child’s Educational Success Depend on Me? A Qualitative Field Study of Attitudes and Beliefs on Parental Involvement in a Child’s Education Throughout Malawi" in National Conference of Undergrad Research Proceedings. Bozeman, Montana.

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