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 and Salamon, S., Pathways of youth development in a rural trailer park, Family Relations, vol. 55, pp. 164-175, 2006.
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.
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