A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

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Undergraduate students in DSOC 3050 - Education, Inequality, and Development

Three students in a lecture hall

Traditional farming techniques in Pakistan

Rural farm fields and village buildings, with mountains in the background

A graduate student and research assistants in Uganda

People standing in front of a bus


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We conduct theoretical and applied research, teaching, and outreach on the causes, dynamics, and consequences of social, cultural, political and economic change.

The department offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate studies. The department also houses several outreach and extension programs and institutes that link the department to the Cornell community and off-campus organizations engaged in rural, community and international development. Learn more


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Philip McMichael - Keynote speaker at Duke University

Jul 16, 2015
Philip McMichael was the keynote speaker for the Race and Rurality in the Global Economy Conference at Duke University. His talk was entitled, "The land question in world-historical perspective: rethinking the agrarian question." Read more

Philip McMichael - Opening presentation at University of Michigan

Jul 16, 2015
Philip McMichael gave the opening presentation for the Food Sovereignty: Construction of an International Sustainable Food Movement workshop at the University of Michigan. His talk was entitled, "Connecting the local and the global in inter-governmental arenas: the food sovereignty narrative." Read more