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 appointed as new department chair.

Oct 8, 2015
Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue has agreed to become the next chair of Development Sociology, effective January 1, 2016, for a three year term.

Alaka Basu joins Board of Trustees, Washington DC

Nov 25, 2015
Alaka Basu joined the Board of Trustees of the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC.

Sergio Chavez PhD '07 - new book, "Border Lives"

Nov 17, 2015
Oxford University Press has published a new book by Sergio Chavez, Ph.D. Development Sociology (2007), entitled, "Border Lives." This is one of the first ethnographic studies to demonstrate the ways in which the border has created both an opportunity and barrier for working class Mexicans. Read more

Tom Hirschl - Presentation on Poverty, Economic Hardship, and Resilient Families

Nov 17, 2015
Tom Hirschl delivered a presentation entitled “Poverty, Economic Hardship, and Resilient Families” at the 33rd Annual Breakfast and “Way” Awards Program at the Holiday Inn, Elmira, NY hosted by the Human Relations Commission (HRC) of Chemung County on November 13, 2015.

Rachel Bezner Kerr named as Einaudi International Faculty Fellow

Nov 17, 2015
Rachel Bezner Kerr named as Einaudi International Faculty Fellow.