Kaytee Canfield


Kaytee Canfield (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary social scientist and aspiring scholar-activist working with a focus on equity and justice across fields of public engagement with science, environmental justice and critical tourism studies. Her training is in the environmental social and natural sciences, with BS and MA degrees in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California—on Tongva land that is known as Los Angeles, CA—and a PhD in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, which is on Narragansett land.

Canfield’s doctorate focused primarily on residents’ perceptions of social injustices in response to tourism development on Catalina Island, California. She also contributed to the formation of an ongoing collaborative research project led by Amelia Moore and Jessica Frazier on public memory and erasure of Manissean (Native) and Black identities on Block Island, Rhode Island. She came to realize her passion for science communication and the science behind it while completing her doctorate, an interest she pursued with the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island. She was co-PI on social science work that defined the current status of the inclusive science communication movement and paths forward (report at inclusivescicomm.org). In fall 2019 she began a postdoctoral research position as a translational scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency in Narragansett, RI, where she continues to research and practice public engagement with research on nutrient management in Barnstable, MA on Wampanoag land.