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Tom Hirschl on Happiest Places to Live

Mar 13, 2017
In WalletHub's March 13, 2017 article, 2017's Happiest Places to Live, Development Sociology Professor Tom Hirschl was asked six questions about what contributes to happiness.   Read more

Development Sociology Alum Arrested in Bakken Pipeline Protest

Jan 11, 2017
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.
Dec 14, 2016
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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The Increasing Influence of Engaged Cornell

Engaged Cornell grant recipient recognized this month
Dec 1, 2016
East Hill Notes, by Gary Stewart: Engaged Cornell continues to enhance and empower area organizations and residents, as reflected in this year’s curriculum grant recipients that included 22 funded projects involving 93 faculty and staff members, 29 academic departments, and nearly 60 community partners.
The 34 planned and active courses are expected to reach more than 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and will cover 30 majors and seven minors. . .
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Ajay Kailas '13 - Alumni Update

Nov 21, 2016
Ajay Kailas is currently a third year medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine pursuing a future dermatology match. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University as a Dwight D. Anderson Scholar in 2013. During his time in the department, he studied Native American attitudes and beliefs towards the HPV vaccination for three years, working with the Hopi Tribe in Arizona.
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Rachel Bezner Kerr Wins the CALS Early Achievement Award

Nov 16, 2016
On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Rachel Bezner Kerr with the Early Achievement Award. Bezner Kerr is an associate professor in the department of development sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 2006, and, after working at the University of Western Ontario, she returned Cornell to teach in 2012. Read more

DSOC Grad Student Katie Rainwater Receives Fulbright-Hays Fellowship

Oct 25, 2016
Congratulations to Katie Rainwater, Development Sociology Ph.D. student.  Katie is one of three Cornell University graduate students who have received Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education to support their international research.
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Food Justice Movement in Tompkins County

Bobby Smith, DSOC PhD student
Oct 17, 2016
Development Sociology PhD student Bobby Smith and Ithaca herbalist Amanda David presented information on Tompkins County's food justice movement Monday, October 17, as part of the Social Justice Lunch Series. Read more

Mental health Awareness Week

Oct 17, 2016
You may or may not be aware that Monday (10/17) marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. This event is sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter, The SA Mental Health Committee, Noyes Community Center, West Campus House System, the Carol Tatkon Center, the Dean of Students Office, Gannett Health Services, OADI and many additional student organizations.
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Development in Question

Oct 6, 2016
The 5th annual conference of the Development Sociology Section of the ASA was held on at Cornell University, October 6-8, 2016.  Read more

Flint clean water activist discusses economic trends in Flint, MI

Claire McClinton, clean water activist
Oct 4, 2016
Claire McClinton, a clean water activist and advocate for labor rights, discussed recent economic trends in Flint, Michigan with students of Professor Tom Hirschl's DSOC 1101 class (Introduction to Sociology) on September 29.  On September 30, Ms. Clinton presented a seminar sponsored by City & Regional Planning and co-sponsored by the Department of Development Sociology. Read more

Rachel Bezner Kerr Receives CALS Research and Extenion Award

Rachel Bezner Kerr
Sep 23, 2016
Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr, Department of Development Sociology, who received the CALS Research and Extension Award for Early Achievement, for her impressive record of 28 research articles, which cover a remarkable variety of social science and technical disciplines.

David Brown and Nina Glasgow Present Talks on Rural Aging

David Brown and Nina Glasgow
Sep 22, 2016
Nina Glasgow and David Brown presented two talks in the Adirondacks on their research on rural aging. The talks were sponsored by the Hamilton County Historian and the  Hamilton/Warren Counties Office for the Aging. Their comments included discussion of their soon to be published article on population aging and access to services (available online now:, and ongoing case studies focusing on the lived experience of older persons in rural communities throughout the US.
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Development in Question, October 6-8, 2016

Sep 21, 2016
This conference will include an excellent mix of more than 200 international scholars at all stages and a wide range of topics, 40 paper sessions and a series of keynote plenaries with speakers from the international steering committee, all of whom are interested in building connections between their universities or organizations and the section.
A dinner and dance will be held on Friday with a post-dinner talk by Jonathan Glennie, a well-known writer and practitioner in International Development (
Several workshops are also taking place alongside the conference, including a PhD symposium to workshop papers, a half-day workshop on “Rethinking the Land Grant” led by Kasia Paprocki and Jenny Goldstein (Cornell), and a post-conference meeting to discuss the formation of an International Consortium in Development.
Support from UC Press, which is launching the Handbook of Development Sociology and also publishes the Sociology of Development Journal. Read more

Amit Anshumali appointed student representative for RSS Population RIG

Amit Anshumali
Aug 17, 2016
Development Sociology Ph.D. student Amit Anshumali was appointed as the student representative of the Rural Sociological Society's Population Research Interest Group at its August 8, 2016 meeting. Former DSOC graduate student Brian Thiede concluded his term as Chair and Shaun Golding of Kenyon University was appointed as co-chair with Jessica Ulrich-Schad.

Why Young People Aren't Keeping Up: From the Joneses to the Kardashians

Youth in France protest changes to unemployment benefits
Jun 6, 2016
The Conversation, June 5, 2016: Across the world, the current generation of youth has been remarkably active in mobilizing against inequality. From the Arab Spring and the global Occupy movement to many political campaigns across the world, young people are often at the forefront of the fight. Read more

Handbook of Rural Studies

Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies
May 28, 2016
Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies
Edited by Mark Shucksmith and David L. Brown
Series: Routledge International Handbooks Read more


Apr 12, 2016
We regret that Brian Obach will not be able to travel to Ithaca this week and the seminar, "Stunted Sustainability: Organic movement strategy and the quest for sustainable agriculture," is canceled until further notice.  

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue - Keynote speaker at United Nations summit

Mar 16, 2016
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue delivered the key note address at the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) high level summit between researchers, funding agencies and international development organizations working on the demographic dividend in Abuja, Nigeria on March 7-9, 2016.

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DSOC - Nation's First Department of Rural Sociology

Development Sociology
Feb 26, 2016
Read a brief history the Department of Development's Sociology 100-year history, compiled by Julie N. Zimmerman, University of Kentucky, and David Brown, Cornell University for the American Sociological Association. Read more

Mary Jo Dudley - Cornell Farmworkers Program receives award from Park Foundation

Jan 14, 2016
The Cornell Farmworkers Program received an award from the Park Foundation for Addressing Farmworkers' Needs in Tompkins County. These funds will support collaborations with farmworkers in addressing their social, geographic, and linguistic isolation through on-farm workshops and gatherings. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworkers Program, at Read more

Allison Chatrchyan-- Delegate to COP 21

Jan 8, 2016
Allison Chatrchyan organized the Corbell delegation to the Conference of the Parties in Paris.

Brian Thiede Ph.D. '14 - Winner of Grant Competition

Dec 18, 2015
Brian Thiede's proposal to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality's New Scholars grant competition was selected for funding.