The Rural Cause at Kenyon College is a campuswide initiative that is helping the College rethink its relationship to its rural place in central Ohio through education, support, and action.

The Rural Cause launched in spring 2018, with work beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. It is led by Daniel Napsha ’21 and Sigal Felber ’21, with Olivia Kane ’22, Maeve “Cubbie” Woollen ’22, and Alina Kalmeyer ’23 serving as Fellows. Professor of Sociology Shaun Golding serves as faculty advisor.


Kenyon College is a nationally prominent liberal arts college offering 1,600 students an academically challenging curriculum in a close-knit community. The College is distinguished by the high quality of its faculty and student body, its small classes, many opportunities for collaborative faculty-student research, and the exceptional beauty of its historic campus in central Ohio.