Rachel Terman, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Speciality/Interest Area
Rural sociology, Appalachian studies, Sociology of gender and identities, Women's studies, Social inequalities

Rachel Terman works with community groups engaged in developing sense of place in Southeast Ohio and the broader Appalachian region. She does this work in the context of sustainable development goals where social and community interests are balanced with economic and environmental interests.

Terman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio University and an affiliate faculty member of the Appalachian Studies Program and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She specializes in the sociology of Appalachia and the rural U.S; through teaching and research she focuses on intersecting identities, inequalities, and people’s relationship to place. Most recently she has worked with students, community leaders, and fellow researchers to better understand intergenerational community building in Appalachian Ohio. Before moving to Ohio, she worked with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network. Terman earned her Ph.D. in rural sociology and women’s studies from Penn State University and her MA in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University.