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

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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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ART with HEART: An Interactive Workshop for All Ages - Fun, engaged scholarship in practice

Sep 13, 2017
Ithaca, New York, Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room, Saturday September 16, 2017, 12pm,  NOON to 1:30 pm

Join artists and children in a workshop on drawing heroes of color!  Inspired in part by Black Lives Matter, and an aspiration to increase equality and kindness, two community artists have worked with the Greater Ithaca Activity Center's after school program to develop a simple and fun curriculum. Come celebrate the ART with HEART exhibit currently hanging in the Tompkins County Public Library and spend an hour creating your own art to take home with you. All ages, races and genders are welcome and encouraged to participate!

The curriculum was created by Emme Edmunds (Ph.D. Development Sociology, 2016) who has gathered the resulting art into a traveling art show, currently on display at the Tompkins County Public Library through September 28th. Read more
Story telling in Baton Rouge

Special Topics in Education: Story Telling in Baton Rouge

Sep 11, 2017
Undergraduate Course Overview - This service-learning course is an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary team of students to spend a week in January (Jan. 8-12, 2018) at a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has responded to low student test scores in a brave, unusual way: by integrating project-based learning and the arts into its curriculum. Last year, to help the school build its capacity for project-based learning, the team worked with children in grades 3-5 on filming and basic video production. See sample music videos from the experience.  In 2018 the team will guide students in writing and illustrating short stories and binding them into beautiful books. Team leaders will be Bryan DuffLanre Akinsiku, and Gregory Page.

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Recent articles from John Zinda

Sep 8, 2017
Zhang, Zhiming, John Aloysius Zinda, and Wenqing Li. 2017. “Forest Transitions in Chinese Villages: Explaining Community-Level Variation under the Returning Farmland to Forest Program.” Land Use Policy 64:245–57.
Zinda, John and Zhiming Zhang. Forthcoming. “Land Tenure Legacies, Household Life Cycles, and Livelihood Strategies in Upland China.” Rural Sociology.
Bobby Smith

Bobby Smith, DSOC Ph.D. Candidate, named Evers Scholar

Aug 31, 2017
Mississippi History Newsletter, Vol 59/No. 2, (page 5): A doctoral student from Cornell University has been named the 2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar. Bobby J. Smith II will explore the relationship between the politics of food, race, and activism using the holdings of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Read more