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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Wendy Wolford article in Ezra magazine

Apr 21, 2015
Faculty member Wendy Wolford's article Too Close to Call states "Over the next 50 years, it will become clear whether the best we can do is enough to address the worst of what we have done." Read more

Mary Jo Dudley wins the George D.Levy Award

Apr 21, 2015
Cornell Farmworker Program's Mary Jo Dudley received the George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award. The Award recognizes a Cornell University faculty member whose collaborative efforts over time have resulted in exemplary community-engaged learning and research coursework or program(s) with local and/or global communities. The $5,000 award is presented to a faculty member whose community-engaged coursework or program(s) demonstrate high quality and innovative approaches to community engaged teaching, learning research, and community capacity building. Congratulations!
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