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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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Bobby Smith, DSOC PhD student

Food Justice Movement in Tompkins County

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
Claire McClinton, clean water activist

Flint clean water activist discusses economic trends in Flint, MI

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

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.
David Brown and Nina Glasgow

David Brown and Nina Glasgow Present Talks on Rural Aging

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

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.
Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies

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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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.

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 - USDA's December Woman in Agriculture

Dec 18, 2015
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.”

Holly Buck reviews Atmosphere of Hope by Flannery

Dec 14, 2015
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

Alaka Basu joins Board of Trustees, Washington DC

Nov 25, 2015
Alaka Basu joined the Board of Trustees of the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC.

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.