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

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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 Alum Arrested in Bakken Pipeline Protest

Among approximately 30 protestors arrested in August for blocking the entrances to buildings storing construction vehicles for the  Bakken Pipeline was Development Sociology alum, Jan Flora.  Dr. Flora is professor emeritus at Iowa State University. He received his M.S. in Rural Sociology from Cornell in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell in 1971.  (picture and following article from August 31, 2016.  Iowa Informer, by Gavin Aronsen.)
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Food justice class connects with local seniors

Students serving food to seniors.
Cornell Chronicle, December 9, 2016. ". . . Bobby J. Smith II, a doctoral student in development sociology, is the teaching assistant for the class. He’s researching food justice for his dissertation and said he and Rooks wanted to focus the class on the senior population because they’re typically left out of conversations about food insecurity. . . ." (Photo: Lindsay France/Cornell Marketing Group).
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