Abigail Borron Associate Professor Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Purdue University (2012)
    Emphases: Agricultural Communication and Communication with Underserved Audiences.
    Dissertation Title: A Culture-Centered Approach to Health and Nutrition Among Underserved Groups: Recommendations for Land-Grant University Engagement
  • Master of Science in Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Purdue University (2007)
    Emphasis: Agricultural and Risk Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (1999)


Research Interests

Dr. Borron’s primary area of research and Extension-related work focuses on culture-centered communication and engagement, specifically as it relates to university outreach and community development efforts.


Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Borron, A., Berg, A., Jones, C., Lamm., A., Sanders, C., Southall, H., Holmes, G., Brown, C., Davis, M., & Walker, B. (2023). Examining the relationship between existing community resources and community leaders’ perceptions of resiliency and rural health during COVID-19. Health Promotion Practice, 24(1, Suppl 1), 56S-67S. doi: 10.1177/15248399221124596

*Carroll, A. A., Lamm, K. W., & Borron, A. (2022). Finding the right channel: An analysis of communication channel preferences amongst potential extension clientele. Journal of Agricultural Education, 63(2), 131-149. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2022.02131

*Fortner, A., Lamm, A., Borron, A., Holt., J., & Moore, A. (2022). Examining source credibility when communicating about agricultural science on Twitter. Journal of Applied Communications, 106(3). https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.2436

Sanders, K., Lamm, A., & Borron, A. (2022). Exploring identity-oriented evaluation for rural community development: A constructivist ground theory approach. Community Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2022.2120510

Lamm, K.W.; *Powell, A.; Borron, A.; Atkins, K.; Hollifield, S. (2022). Insights into rural stress: Using the community capitals framework to help inform rural policies and interventions. Agriculture, 12, 694. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture12050694

*Martinez, M. A., Holt, J., Lamm, A. J., & Borron, A. (2021). Generation Z and CRISPR: Measuring information processing using animated infographics. Journal of Applied Communications, 105(3). https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.2394

*Mayfield-Smith, K., Lamm, A., Masambuka-Kanchewa, F., Borron, A., & Holt, J. (2021). Arguing for argument’s sake? Exploring public conversations around climate change on Twitter. Journal of Applied Communications, 105(4), https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.2382

Holt, J., *Crosby, M., Lamm, K., Borron, A., & Lamm, A. (2021). Georgia Extension Agents’ Perceptions of Rural Stress. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research. http://jsaer.org/2021/04/02/georgia-extension-agents-perceptions-of-rural-stress/

Borron, A., Lamm, K., & Atkins, K. (2021). Perceptions of personal agency within communities: Validation of a diagnostic instrument. Community Development. doi: 10.1080/15575330.2021.1946577

*Scott, M., Borron, A., Holt, J., & Peake, J. (2021). A quantitative analysis of perceptions and preferences of college online engagement methods among college of agriculture and non-college of agriculture students. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, 65, 212-222.

*Jones, C., Borron, A., Lamm, A., *Dobbins, C., *Farmer, E., & Davis, M. (2021). Examining Extension-Supported Rural Community Coalitions During COVID-19. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 28(1). http://doi.org/10.5191/jiaee.2021.28105

Lamm, K. W., Borron, A. & Atkins, K. (2021). The development and validation of an empirical scale to inform community diagnostics and change. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 27(3), 287-306. https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2020.1851270

Lamm, K., Borron, A., & Atkins, K. (2020). The community diagnostics and social impact toolkit: Development and validation of a reliable measure. Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(4), 249-265. http://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2020.04249

Borron, A., Lamm, K., & Atkins, K. (2020). The development and validation of a personal agency scale based in the community capitals framework. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 27(3). doi:10.5191/jiaee.2020.27343

Shannon, J., Borron, A., Kurtz, H., & Weaver, A. (2020). Re-envisioning emergency food systems using photovoice and concept mapping. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. doi:10.1177/1558689820933778

Lamm, K. W., Powell, A., Holt, J., Borron, A., & Atkins, K. (2020). Development and validation of a rural stress instrument. Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(1). doi:10.5032/jae.2020.01032

Mentored Article

Maurer, A. (2013). Voices from the table: Assessing the dynamic cultures of the food insecure and the food secure. Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, 3, 58-63.

Book Chapter

Dutta, M., Jones, C., Borron, A., Anaele, A., Gao, H., & Kandukuri, S. (2013). Voices of Hunger: A culture-centered approach to addressing food insecurity. In M. Dutta & G. Kreps (Eds.), Communicating health disparities. New York, NY: Hampton Press.