Alaka Basu's area of expertise and research is predominantly in the areas of reproductive health and family planning, gender and development and child health and mortality. She also has interests in population studies and culture and demographic behavior.
Robin Blakely-Armitage is a Senior Extension Associate with the Community & Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and a member of the Department of Development Sociology. Her focus is on community development and the use of demographic data for strategic planning and informed decision-making.
Department of Development Sociology Chair
David Brown's scholarship is motivated by an interest in explaining the determinants of spatial inequality in more developed nations. In particular, Professor Brown is interested in how processes of uneven national development shape opportunity structures and life chances of people living in various types of areas.
Mary Jo Dudley is currently involved in capacity building within the farmworker community in New York State. She is also engaged in research on farmworkers' contributions, farmworkers` perceptions about life in their new communities, farmworker empowerment, and gender and participation. Current research with farmworkers and farmers examines how to improve workplace relations.
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue's research program advances knowledge in the field of development sociology through substantive and methodological contributions in three areas: the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. His most recent research investigates the consequences of demographic change on a range of socioeconomic outcomes that include schooling, gender, and income inequality.
Animating Shelley Feldman's research commitment is a long-term interest in integrating structural changes and cultural productions. Broadly, Professor Feldman's research goals are to better understand processes of global social change, especially as these processes are expressed in particular social and spatial contexts and differently, among diverse social constituencies. She engages this approach to undertake a number of parallel but distinct research interests.
Joe Francis's research program has been concentrated in two main areas: environmental systems and economic development in rural areas. Recently, the bulk of his research activities have moved to applied demography as the director of the Cornell Program on Applied Demographics (PAD). He provides annual population estimates for the State, its Economic Districts and counties as well as updated population projections periodically.
Charles Geisler’s principal academic work engages the sociology of property, its genealogy, abiding controversies, and centrality in development debates. Controversies that interest him include the ontology of ownership; normative property claims making; distribution of landed property; new forms of group possession/dispossession; property rights and human rights; property in states of exception; and emergent forms of ownership blending public and private interests.
Gilbert Gillespie's research focus has been on developing community capacity through a variety of means: indicators for agricultural viability, decision-making for viable local enterprises, and organizations supporting local food system elements.
Nina Glasgow's scholarship is motivated primarily by an interest in aging in rural environments. Glasgow often uses life course theory and methods to investigate the timing, context, history and trajectories of events and transitions in the lives of older rural residents. Her research also focuses on health and health care in rural communities and what the implications are for community and rural development.
Angela Gonzales's research program cross cuts and integrates the fields of Development Sociology and American Indian Studies with empirically driven community-based research that offers a distinctive and essential perspective for understanding sociological processes underlying identity, development, and community health.
Douglas Gurak came to Cornell in 1989 following a decade and a half of research and teaching in New York City at the Center for Policy Research and Fordham University's Hispanic Research Center and Department of Sociology and Anthropology. From 2010 to 2012 Gurak was a team member of the Institute for the Social Sciences' interdisciplinary theme project: Immigration: Settlement, Integration and Membership.
Tom Hirschl's scholarly focus is on social class differentiation in contemporary society. He is working on a new method for measuring social class by developing a life course approach to identify the economic, social, and health correlates of social class.
Rod Howe 1) provides leadership and support for integrating research and extension into programs which address community & economic vitality issues; 2) fosters collaborative programming among faculty and off-campus Extension educators; and 3) establishes effective working relationships with local, state, regional and national agencies and organizations.
David Kay provides leadership for CaRDI programming in the areas of energy, land use and community development. His work on land use involves research, outreach, and training efforts that attempt to build community-based decision making capacity and to help weave local policy into a regionally coherent fabric. Recently, he has increasingly focused on the community and economic development implications of energy transitions.
Mary Kritz's research has focused on accounting for ethnic differentials in social demographic processes (fertility, contraceptive use, migration, etc.). Her current research focuses on why immigrant groups differ in their settlement and internal migration patterns in the USA; another project focuses on the links between international student mobility and higher education capacity in students' home countries.
Fouad Makki's principal focus of interest over the past few years has been understanding forms of social power as they change over time, and the way economic systems intertwine with cultural forms in those transformations. Makki is particularly interested in development processes viewed from a broadly comparative and historical perspective, together with the various theories that attempt to account for them.
Trained as a historical sociologist, Philip McMichael's research examines capitalist modernity through the lens of agrarian questions, food regimes, agrarian/food sovereignty movements, and most recently the implications for food systems of agrofuels and land grabbing. This work centers the role of agri-food systems in the making of the modern world, including an examination of the politics of globalization via the structuring of agri-food relations.
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman is interested in an array of issues related to regional community and economic development, including community capacity building, learning networks, the role of higher education institutions in economic development, sustainable communities, agriculture and food systems, leadership and organizational development, impact assessment, and professional networks for peer-support and collaboration.
Max Pfeffer has served on and led National Research Council committees of the Water Science and Technology Board. Max has served as Chair of the Development Sociology Department, and the Associate Director of both the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cornell University Center for the Environment.
John Sipple has focused his research interests on the responses of public school districts to changes in state and federal policy. Central to his work are issues of community and organizational change and how they relate to learning opportunities for students across racial, socioeconomic, and geographic lines.
Larry Van De Valk is Executive Director of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute, or LEAD New York, a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries. His research interests are in the areas of leadership development theory, program evaluation, and the social capital building effect of leadership development initiatives.
Marygold Walsh-Dilley’s research focuses on agrarian change and rural development, moral economies, indigeneity, and globalization, primarily in the Bolivian Andes. She works closely with Professor Wendy Wolford in her capacity as Associate Director for Economic Development at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
Lindy Williams's academic interests are focused geographically in Southeast Asia and the United States, and substantively in the areas of family sociology and how family processes and dynamics affect are influenced by changing social, economic, and environmental conditions.