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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Ignacio "Iggy" Saldana turns setbacks into success

May 22, 2015
Ignacio "Iggy" Saldana '15 will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Development Sociology from Cornell this week following a long journey of challenges and growth as a scholar, student and person. He will attend Columbia Law School.   Read more

David Brown Receives Distinguished Rural Sociology Award

David Brown headshot
May 15, 2015
Congratulations to David Brown, who received the Rural Sociological Society's Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award for 2015, for his contributions to the field of rural sociology, research and service, advancing the discipline through work on rural demography, economic development, and migration.  Prof. Brown has served the Rural Sociological Society as President (2000); Vice President (2000), Associate Editor of Rural Sociology, founding Editor of Rural Development Perspectives, and he served on the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology (2011-2014).  

Land project to build on three years of collaboration

Apr 30, 2015
DSOC field members Wendy Wolford, Chuck Geisler and Steven Wolf were part of a group studying contested global landscapes as part of the Institute for the Social Sciences. Members of the group will put out a book series and teach courses and summer institutes to graduate students. Read more