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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Mental health Awareness Week

Oct 17, 2016
You may or may not be aware that Monday (10/17) marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. This event is sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter, The SA Mental Health Committee, Noyes Community Center, West Campus House System, the Carol Tatkon Center, the Dean of Students Office, Gannett Health Services, OADI and many additional student organizations.
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Food Justice Movement in Tompkins County

Bobby Smith, DSOC PhD student
Oct 17, 2016
Development Sociology PhD student Bobby Smith and Ithaca herbalist Amanda David presented information on Tompkins County's food justice movement Monday, October 17, as part of the Social Justice Lunch Series. Read more

Flint clean water activist discusses economic trends in Flint, MI

Claire McClinton, clean water activist
Oct 4, 2016
Claire McClinton, a clean water activist and advocate for labor rights, discussed recent economic trends in Flint, Michigan with students of Professor Tom Hirschl's DSOC 1101 class (Introduction to Sociology) on September 29.  On September 30, Ms. Clinton presented a seminar sponsored by City & Regional Planning and co-sponsored by the Department of Development Sociology. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr Receives CALS Research and Extenion Award

Rachel Bezner Kerr
Sep 23, 2016
Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr, Department of Development Sociology, who received the CALS Research and Extension Award for Early Achievement, for her impressive record of 28 research articles, which cover a remarkable variety of social science and technical disciplines.

David Brown and Nina Glasgow Present Talks on Rural Aging

David Brown and Nina Glasgow
Sep 22, 2016
Nina Glasgow and David Brown presented two talks in the Adirondacks on their research on rural aging. The talks were sponsored by the Hamilton County Historian and the  Hamilton/Warren Counties Office for the Aging. Their comments included discussion of their soon to be published article on population aging and access to services (available online now: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12117/full), and ongoing case studies focusing on the lived experience of older persons in rural communities throughout the US.
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