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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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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Development in Question, October 6-8, 2016

Sep 21, 2016
This conference will include an excellent mix of more than 200 international scholars at all stages and a wide range of topics, 40 paper sessions and a series of keynote plenaries with speakers from the international steering committee, all of whom are interested in building connections between their universities or organizations and the section.
A dinner and dance will be held on Friday with a post-dinner talk by Jonathan Glennie, a well-known writer and practitioner in International Development (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/jonathan-glennie).
Several workshops are also taking place alongside the conference, including a PhD symposium to workshop papers, a half-day workshop on “Rethinking the Land Grant” led by Kasia Paprocki and Jenny Goldstein (Cornell), and a post-conference meeting to discuss the formation of an International Consortium in Development.
Support from UC Press, which is launching the Handbook of Development Sociology and also publishes the Sociology of Development Journal. Read more

Amit Anshumali appointed student representative for RSS Population RIG

Amit Anshumali
Aug 17, 2016
Development Sociology Ph.D. student Amit Anshumali was appointed as the student representative of the Rural Sociological Society's Population Research Interest Group at its August 8, 2016 meeting. Former DSOC graduate student Brian Thiede concluded his term as Chair and Shaun Golding of Kenyon University was appointed as co-chair with Jessica Ulrich-Schad.