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


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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Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue presentation-Webinar

Apr 30, 2015
"Mapping Research Approaches to the Demographic Dividend" webinar presented by faculty Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, hosted by the Population Reference Bureau and funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. April 23, 2015. Read more

Land project to build on three years of collaboration

Apr 30, 2015
DSOC field members Wendy Wolford, Chuck Geisler and Steven Wolf were part of a group studying contested global landscapes as part of the Institute for the Social Sciences. Members of the group will put out a book series and teach courses and summer institutes to graduate students. Read more

CaRDI Research Roundtable on Art and Development

Apr 30, 2015
Development and Culture: Why art? Why now?  At this dynamic public event, a panel of scholars and artists presented their experiences with integrating culture work into community and economic development strategies. April 21st 11:30-3:00 pm. Read more