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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John Sipple named to expert team to monitor the East Ramapo Central School District

Aug 18, 2015
State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today that Dennis M. Walcott has been appointed as Monitor for the East Ramapo Central School District. In his role as Monitor, Walcott will be supported by Dr. Monica George-Fields, an expert in teaching and learning and school turnaround, and Dr. John W. Sipple of Cornell University, who has a background in education policy and finance and will be supported by experts in state education finance. Read more

Alumnus Scott Sanders receives certificate of appreciation

Aug 18, 2015
Alumnus Scott Sanders receives certificate of appreciation from the Rural Sociological Society for serving as secretary treasurer.

Frank Young - Studies in Structural Sociology

Aug 7, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 4:00pm
Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room (160)
Taking “community” as a central concept, emeritus professor of development sociology Frank Young has published a collection of articles and essays that embodies a new approach to the study of sociology. Read more

Tom Hirschl - New Article in PLOS ONE

Aug 3, 2015
Tom Hirschl and Mark Rank's article entitled, The Likelihood of Experiencing Relative Poverty over the Life Course,  was published in PLOS ONE and covered by Newsweek, Time and the Washington Post. Read more

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