A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

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Undergraduate students in DSOC 3050 - Education, Inequality, and Development

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Traditional farming techniques in Pakistan

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A graduate student and research assistants in Uganda

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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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Laszlo Kulszar, Chair of Agricultural Economics and rural Sociology at Penn State

Laszlo Kulszar named Chair of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Penn State

Jul 21, 2017
 Laszlo Kulszar, a graduate from Development Sociology has just been appointed to chair the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Penn State University.  Laszlo was a student of David Brown’s  and they met when David was doing field work in Hungary in the 1990s, with Laszlo's father as David's principal colleague there. Laszlo had just completed his MS in Budapest, and David was so impressed with his performance that he recruited him to Cornell to complete his graduate studies. Read more

Bobby Smith selected as 2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar

Jul 21, 2017
Development Sociology PhD candidate Bobby J. Smith II was selected as the 2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) in Jackson, MS. Each year, in partnership with the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MDAH selects one upper-level graduate student or early career faculty member to conduct summer research at the archives and use the wealth of primary resources documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and the nation. The Evers Scholars program will enable Bobby to conduct integral research for his dissertation project on the historicization of contemporary ideas about food justice, which interrogates the relationship between the politics of food, race and activism in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.