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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Ellie Andrews awarded TSF grant

Feb 12, 2015
PhD student Ellie Andrews was awarded a Toward Sustainability Foundation grant. This support will allow her to lay the foundations for further research and outreach to strengthen beekeeping associations across NY state.  This work addresses challenges to honey bee health, and is part of a process of building and maintaining social learning networks for local environmental knowledge and practices.     Read more

Cornelia Flora selected as part of notable alumni series

Feb 12, 2015
Cornelia Flora PhD '70 was selected as part of the Graduate School's 150 Notable Alumni series, which marks Cornell's sesquicentennial year. Cornelia works in sustainable agriculture and social justice and is currently Director of the North Central Regional Rural Development Center at Iowa State University. Read more