Paige Castellanos

Paige Castellanos

  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Program Manager for the Gender Equity through Agriculture Research and Education Initiative
106 Ag Admin Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • International Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Conditional Cash Transfer Programs


  • Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, Penn State University, 2015
  • M.I.A in International Affairs, Penn State University, 2010
  • B.S. in Applied French with option in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, Penn State University, 2005

Dr. Paige Castellanos is an Assistant Research Professor in the Office of International Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  She mainly contributes to the Women in Agriculture Network (WAgN): Honduras project.   Her responsibilities include managing the many facets of the project, communicating between the Penn State team and at Zamorano University in Honduras, as well as researching the participation of women in horticulture production and distribution.  She is also coordinating a certificate program in Gender and Agriculture for this project.  Additionally, Dr. Castellanos instructs an embedded course on Local Rural Development with travel to Costa Rica.  This is also where she conducted her dissertation research for her dual-title in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development at Penn State.  She holds a Master's of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in French with an option in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, both from Penn State.  Prior to completing her graduate degrees, she worked as a hotel General Manager.  She loves to travel and languages.  She spends most of her free time with her family and young daughter. 


Gender, Food, and COVID-19: Stories of Harm and Hope, Castellanos, Paige, Sachs, C, Tickamyer, A, 2022

Does participation in value chains empower women smallholders? Lessons from the highlands of Peru
Development in Practice, Tobin, Daniel, Castellanos, Paige, 2021

Farmer Field Schools: integrating gender in participatory agricultural learning, Castellanos, Paige, Choudhury, Afrina, 2020

Introduction, Sachs, Carolyn Elizabeth, Jensen, Leif, Castellanos, Paige, Sexsmith, Kathleen, 2020

Empowering women through farmer field schools, Choudhury, Afrina, Castellanos, Paige, 2020

Gender, household food security, and dietary diversity in western Honduras
Global Food Security, Larson, Janelle B., Castellanos, Paige, Jensen, Leif, 2019

Youth perceptions of violence in Western Honduras
Third World Quarterly, Williams, Rebecca J., Castellanos, Paige, 2019

Intersection of Agricultural Education and Training (AET) and Nutrition: a review of existing programs and recommendations for training in nutrition-sensitive agriculture, Ruppert, Emily, Castellanos, Paige, 2017