Dr. Prins holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Cornell. Her research employs critical and sociocultural theories to examine adult and family literacy, adult basic education, rural adult education, and participatory approaches to education, community development, and research. In particular, her scholarship explores the "wider benefits" of adult education and how adult education reproduces and/or mitigates inequities rooted in race/ethnicity, class, gender, and immigration status.
Her research has been published in numerous journals across several disciplines:
- education (e.g., American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Journal of Research in Rural Education),
- adult education (e.g., Adult Education Quarterly, International Journal of Lifelong Education, Studies in the Education of Adults),
- comparative and international education (e.g., International Journal of Educational Development, International Review of Education)
- distance education (American Journal of Distance Education),
- sociology, community development, and planning (e.g., Rural Sociology, Journal of the Community Development Society),
- ethnic studies (Journal of Latinos and Education),
- health (PLOS One), and
- methodology (Action Research, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education).
Dr. Prins has led or participated in research and evaluation projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, Spencer Foundation, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Smithsonian Institution, and William Penn Foundation, among others.