Esther Prins | Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, The Pennsylvania State University
Current Position and Past Experience
Esther Prins is an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University. She serves as the co-director of both the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Prior to this, Prins was an Assistant Professor at Washington State University and a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California-Davis.
Prins’ research interests include critical and sociocultural perspectives of adult and family literacy; gender; civic engagement; and participatory approaches to education, community development, and research. In particular, her scholarship examines the social and cultural dimensions of education, especially concerning how adult education reproduces or mitigates gender, racial, class, and cultural inequalities.
Education, Honors and Achievements
Prins received her B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College in 1994. In 2002, she completed her PhD in Adult Education at Cornell University.
Prins is the winner of the 2007 Outstanding Paper by an Early Career Scholar Award and has won the Professors for the Future Fellowship from UC-Davis in 2003-04. She has also won the Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship from Cornell University in 2001.