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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Field opportunities available in gender research in agriculture

Jan 12, 2015
Field opportunities are now available with the CGIAR research program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) to conduct gender research in agricultural project contexts, including GMOs, herbicide-resistent crop varieties, effects of modernization on collective action in pest management, value chains, nutrition, and more. This initiative is being led by DSOC alums Kayte Meola (PhD '12) and Cynthia Caron (PhD '03). Read more

Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellowship Program

Dec 22, 2014
Faculty member Rachel Bezner Kerr has been selected to be part of the Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellowship Program in 2015, a program that increases the public impact of the nation's top underrepresented thinkers.
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LEAD New York receives major gift

Dec 15, 2014
The American Agriculturist Foundation made a $333,000 gift to CaRDI's LEAD New York program, the leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries. Read more