The Appalachian Project, Ohio

The Appalachian Project, Ohio is a collaboration of the Center for Folklore Studies, the Student Life's Department of Social Change, and the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

About the Project

The Appalachian Project, Ohio (AP) is a mixed-methods, interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students dedicated to understanding the educational routes of young people in the Appalachian counties of Ohio. To date, project members have already collected background research on the region, conducted visits to 15 counties, and accumulated over 500GB of video interviews with community members. We have presented at a conference on poverty at OSU as well as at a roundtable at the 2013 and 2014 annual conferences of the Appalachian Studies Association.

The AP team takes a predominantly narrative approach to data collection, relying on quantitative data for supporting and complicating information. We believe that listening to the personal reflections of the young people and older adults affected by economic and educational challenges in the region will give us a fuller picture of the issues affecting Appalachian Ohio and lead us to new findings to assist recovery. The purpose of the project is to use interdisciplinary approaches to identify the factors affecting Ohio Appalachian students’ decisions and/or readiness to obtain post-secondary education, understand Ohio Appalachian students’ strategies for negotiating their college experiences, produce recommendations for addressing the barriers and challenges that students face, work toward creating a sustainable educational and economic atmosphere in Appalachian Ohio, and create a conversation at OSU and beyond about the issues Ohio Appalachian students and the region face.

Get Involved!

If you are interested in getting involved with The Appalachian Project, Ohio, fill out this form and one of ourcoordinators will follow up with you. To learn more about what we do and to hear why you should share your story, watch out informational video. Thanks!

For the 2015-2016 year, The Appalachian Project will focus on creating a peer mentorship program, called the Community of Appalachian Student Leaders. The Community of Appalachian Student Leaders (CASL) aims to engage students from the Appalachian region with a community of like-minded students, faculty, and staff while providing them with opportunities to develop new academic, professional, and leadership skills. This year, we are launching the CASL mentoring program, which will pair undergraduate and graduate students with first-year and transfer (new-to-Columbus) students from the region, in order to provide students with a strong community and the resources they need to succeed. We are also developing outreach and education programs that will challenge others on the Ohio State campus to learn more about our Appalachian students. Anyone who is interested in joining us should email Amanda Baker at or Lynaya Elliott at


  • Collaboration & Mentorship
  • Fieldwork
  • Grants & Research
  • Web & Archival

Project Documents, Resources, and Links

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