Katje Armentrout

County Extension Director, Tippecanoe County, Community Development

Tippecanoe County
Katje Armentrout

Katje Armentrout holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. She received her BFA in Fiber Arts and Sculpture, as well as an MA in Humanities from Central Michigan University. Most recently, her research interests focus on agricultural history, farmers markets and food studies, rural community development, and environmental sustainability – with a particular interest on the Midwest region, gender roles, and new/beginning farmers.

Armentrout has published chapters on these subjects for several anthologies including Hipster Culture: Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives (2021, ed. Heike Steinhoff) and Gendered Digital Labor: Affective Material Networks through Domestic Space (forthcoming, ed. Radhika Gajjala), as well as presented her work at local, regional, and national conferences including the American Studies Association, the Agricultural History Society, the Southern Humanities Conference, the Landscape, Space, and Place Conference at Indiana University, the Migration Without Boundaries Conference at Michigan State University, and the American Studies Symposium at Purdue University. Also, she was solicited to participate in an Indiana food history project broadcast on National Public Radio’s podcast America’s Test Kitchen (2018). Currently, she is editing her dissertation titled “Notes on the State of American Agriculture: Young Farmers and ‘The Farm’ After the 1980s Farm Crisis” for publication.