A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

People looking at an instructor in an outdoor classroom

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

Welcome

The Department of Development Sociology offers a unique program profile unmatched by any other department of sociology in the nation.

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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Ajay Kailas '13 - Alumni Update

Published: 
Nov 21, 2016
Ajay Kailas is currently a third year medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine pursuing a future dermatology match. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University as a Dwight D. Anderson Scholar in 2013. During his time in the department, he studied Native American attitudes and beliefs towards the HPV vaccination for three years, working with the Hopi Tribe in Arizona.
 
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Rachel Bezner Kerr Wins the CALS Early Achievement Award

Published: 
Nov 16, 2016
On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Rachel Bezner Kerr with the Early Achievement Award. Bezner Kerr is an associate professor in the department of development sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 2006, and, after working at the University of Western Ontario, she returned Cornell to teach in 2012. Read more

DSOC Grad Student Katie Rainwater Receives Fulbright-Hays Fellowship

Published: 
Oct 25, 2016
Congratulations to Katie Rainwater, Development Sociology Ph.D. student.  Katie is one of three Cornell University graduate students who have received Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education to support their international research.
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Food Justice Movement in Tompkins County

Bobby Smith, DSOC PhD student
Published: 
Oct 17, 2016
Development Sociology PhD student Bobby Smith and Ithaca herbalist Amanda David presented information on Tompkins County's food justice movement Monday, October 17, as part of the Social Justice Lunch Series. Read more

Mental health Awareness Week

Published: 
Oct 17, 2016
You may or may not be aware that Monday (10/17) marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. This event is sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter, The SA Mental Health Committee, Noyes Community Center, West Campus House System, the Carol Tatkon Center, the Dean of Students Office, Gannett Health Services, OADI and many additional student organizations.
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Development in Question

Published: 
Oct 6, 2016
The 5th annual conference of the Development Sociology Section of the ASA was held on at Cornell University, October 6-8, 2016.  Read more