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 is seeking applicants for a tenure track position in environmental sociology and spatial analysis.

This position has 50% teaching and 50% research responsibilities. Qualified applicants must have a demonstrated record of scholarship focusing on the societal and spatial dimensions of contemporary environmental change. Expertise in areas such as the interrelationships between development and the environment; sociological examinations of climate change; societal impact on ecosystems, and changing patterns of land use, is particularly welcome. All methodological approaches designed to advance quantitative spatial analysis are welcome, including but not limited to spatial statistics, GIS and multiple methods. Learn more

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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Marion Dixon Faculty Position

Aug 4, 2014
Marian Dixon PhD 2013 has been offered a full-time teaching position in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. Congratulations! Read more

Brian Thiede RSS Award and Publication

Aug 4, 2014
Brian Thiede PhD 2014 won the RSS Population Research Interest Group's Graduate Student Paper Award Winner this year. The paper, "Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia" was recently published in the journal World Development. Read more

Former PhD Grads Organize Summer Reunion

Aug 4, 2014
After re-connecting via email and the Internet, a number of distinguished DSOC alumni traveled to Ithaca in July to visit the Cornell campus and reminisce about their days as graduate students in the department formally known as Rural Sociology. See link for full picture and listing. Read more