Mingla Charoenmuang
Mingla Charoenmuang
NYS 4-H Health, Wellness, and Food Systems Specialist
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research


Dr. Mingla Charoenmuang is an Extension Associate serving as the Health, Wellness, and Food Systems Specialist for New York State 4-H Youth Development. Mingla supports community engagement, career explorations, and the development and implementation of programming that helps youth understand the connections between food systems and agriculture, health, wellness, equity and social justice, and community sustainability. Mingla promotes systems thinking skills in the framework of positive youth development to engage youth in the topics of healthy living, agriculture, and food systems more holistically. Mingla earned her doctorate in Youth Development and Agricultural Education from Purdue University with a focus on food systems education. Her research projects have been in the area of learner-centered teaching, systems thinking education, and STEM/AFNR integration.

Mingla is promoting educational programs that teach youth to understand a bigger picture and relationships in food systems from various perspectives and empower youth to become a more responsible consumer and citizen who contributes to a positive change in the food systems. She manages social media accounts @FoodSystemsThinker on Facebook and Instagram to facilitate further discussions.

Updates can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mingla-Charoenmuang

Charoenmuang, M., Knobloch, N. A., & Scherer, H. H. (2024) High-school students’ demonstration of systems thinking in the context of sustainable food systems. Food, Culture & Society, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/15528014.2023.2301249

Wang, H.-H., Charoenmuang, M., Knobloch, N. A., & Tormoehlen, R. L. (2020). Defining interdisciplinary collaboration based on high school teachers’ beliefs and practices of STEM integration using a complex designed system. International Journal of STEM Education, 7(3), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-019-0201-4

Knobloch, N. A., Charoenmuang, M., Cooperstone, J. L., & Patil, B. S. (2019). Developing Interdisciplinary Thinking in a Food and Nutritional Security, Hunger, and Sustainability Graduate Course. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 26(1), 113-127. https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2019.1690014

Ph.D., Youth Development and Agricultural Education, College of Agriculture, Purdue University

M.A., Environmental Education, Goshen College

B.S., Environmental Science, Chulalongkorn University

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