Katherine A. MacTavish, Ph.D.

Katherine A. MacTavish, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: 541-737-9130

Waldo Hall

Waldo Hall 454

2250 SW Jefferson Way

2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Academic interests: 

My research centers on examining how small towns and rural places function for the children and families who call them home. Since 1997, I have been examining contextual factors that shape developmental pathways for children and youth in the distinctly lower-income rural context of a trailer park.

Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

I am the mother of two beautiful daughters, one a kindergartner and the other a teen. They keep me busy, but I still try to sneak in a little running and time in the garden.



Book Chapter

K. MacTavish, Coming of Age on the Edge of Town: Perspectives in Growing up in a Rural Trailer Park, in The Ecology of Purposeful Living Across the Lifespan, A. L. Burrow and Hill, P. L., Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020, pp. 137 - 148.


Book Chapter

K. MacTavish, Social Issues as a Focus of Community Studies, in Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations in the 21st Century, R. A. Cnaan and Milofsky, C., Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp. 511 - 526.




Book Chapter

S. Salamon and MacTavish, K., Rural Communities, in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier, 2009, pp. 423 - 428.


Journal Article


Journal Article


Book Chapter

S. Salamon and MacTavish, K., Quasi-homelessness among rural trailer park families, in International Perspectives on Rural Homelessness, London, U.K.: Routledge Press, 2006, pp. 45-87.

Journal Article

K. MacTavish, Eley, M., and Salamon, S., Housing vulnerability among rural trailer park residents, Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, vol. 13, no. 1, 2006.
K. MacTavish and Salamon, S., Pathways of youth development in a rural trailer park, Family Relations, vol. 55, pp. 164-175, 2006.
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