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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Rebakah Daro Minarchek photo essay

Oct 8, 2014
PhD candidate Rebakah Daro Minarchek's photo essay "Growing up Adat in Indonesia" was featured in the Southeast Asia Program's Fall 2014 Bulletin. Read more

Kasia Paprocki receives Fulbright-Hays Award

Oct 8, 2014
PhD candidate Kasia Paprocki was one of only four students from Cornell to receive the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2014-2015.  She is currently conducting dissertation research on the use of shrimp farming as a climate change adaptation strategy in coastal communities in Bangladesh's southwestern Khulna district. Congratulations! Read more