Katie Donnelly Moran ’18 speaks with fellow students at the Cornell Commitment poster session Sept. 27. Photo by Lindsay France/University Photography.

The fruit of the lacquer tree, cultivated within upland forests in Yunnan Province, China. Photo by John Zinda

Graduate students test ideas at the 'Ethnographies of Interconnection' workshop, April 20. Photo by Christian Elliott

A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

People looking at an instructor in an outdoor classroom

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
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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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Development Sociology Graduate Student, Karla Pena, awarded Dinstinguished TA award

May 15, 2018
Twenty-eight students, including Karla Pena of development sociology, were recognized as Outstanding CALS Graduate Teaching Assistants by the Office of Academic Programs at a ceremony held May 11 in the Biotechnology Building. The students are selected by individual units based on important contributions they have made to the instructional program of the college. Awardees were each presented with a certificate signed by their department chair and an inscribed golden apple.  
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New York's Dairy Industry Pay the Price for immigration Policies

May 1, 2018
Current U.S. immigration policies pose an economic threat to New York's struggling dairy industry, according to the director of a farmworker program at Cornell University. Mary Jo Dudley made that observation following the recent arrest of an undocumented immigrant worker on a central New York dairy farm. 
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