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
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. Read more
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
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. Read more
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
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.
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: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12117/full), and ongoing case studies focusing on the lived experience of older persons in rural communities throughout the US. Read more
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 (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/jonathan-glennie).
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
Twelve faculty members from seven Cornell departments have been named Engaged Cornell faculty fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. This selective program supports faculty who do community-engaged teaching or research and use their scholarship to address challenges in the world beyond campus. Read more
Amit Anshumali appointed student representative for RSS Population RIG
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.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior Bobby Plummer capped off a fantastic Cornell track and field season by placing 21st in the triple jump at the NCAA championships at Oregon's Hayward Field on Friday evening. His finish earned him honorable mention All-America honors, the first of his career. Read more
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
Climate Smart Farming: New York State Farmers in Their Own Words Opening reception, Thursday, May 5, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Mann Gallery, Mann Library (2nd Floor 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.
Cornell Chronicle - . . . Stepping beyond the borders of engineering classroom buildings, Zhang helps Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute build sustainably green localities. “It’s a process where community members aspire to a better place and strive to take local actions. My role as an engineer is either as an enabler or facilitator to achieve their goal.” Read more
Development Sociology's Nina Glasgow is quoted in this article which focuses on rural older people. Eddy Berry, who did a sabbatical in the department and co-edited with Dr. Glasgow the book on rural aging, is also quoted. The article will be published Tuesday, April 12 in the Science Times section of the print NYT. Read more
The Department of Development Sociology will host an informal reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14th to celebrate and experience a new photo & video exhibit at the Mann Library Gallery (2nd floor),curated by our own Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr. Read more
Congratulations to Fernando Galeana Rodriguez who was awarded both an Engaged Graduate Student Grant from Engaged Cornell and a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for his project “Indigenous Territorial Governance and the New Latin American State.” Read more
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
Lazlo Kulcsar, Ph.D. '06, was the featured speaker at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research's Foreign Scholar Lecture Series. His presentation was titled "The Challenges of Depopulation for Development." 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.
Tom Hirschl - Appearance on "Inside Story"
Dec 18, 2015
Professor Tom Hirschl recently appeared on a cable show entitled "Inside Story" about the demise of the American middle class. the show is hosed by Ray Suarez, formerly of NPR.
Lois Morton, Ph.D. '98, was named USDA's December Woman in Agriculture. Dr. Morton is a professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University and director of the USDA-NIFA Climate & Corn-based Cropping System Coordinated Agricultural Project. Morton’s research focuses on the relationship between people and the natural environment as it relates to climate change. She discusses with us the impact research has on women worldwide and how the field continues to evolve. Read more
David Brown - Keynote Speaker in Slovakia
Dec 14, 2015
David Brown was a keynote speaker at an OECD sponsored conference titled, “Sustainability of Rural Areas in Practice.” The conference was held in Nitra, Slovakia o December 3-4, 2015. David’s presentation was titled, “Examining Rural Change: Narratives of Change, Crosscutting Themes and Emerging Issues.”
In his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, paleontologist and acclaimed science writer Tim Flannery is explicit about offering hope which leans towards the first view, but is grounded in realism. The aim of this book seems to lie in warding off a kind of climate depression — the “feelings of hopelessness” cited in the DSM-5’s definition of chronic depression, along with their stay-in-bed numbness and inability to make decisions. Read more
Hannah Wittman, PhD '05, offered some remarks that were critical of carbon offsets on the 11/12/15 edition of NPR's Morning Edition in a Planet Money series item. Read more
Tom Hirschl - Presentation on Poverty, Economic Hardship, and Resilient Families
Nov 17, 2015
Tom Hirschl delivered a presentation entitled “Poverty, Economic Hardship, and Resilient Families” at the 33rd Annual Breakfast and “Way” Awards Program at the Holiday Inn, Elmira, NY hosted by the Human Relations Commission (HRC) of Chemung County on November 13, 2015.