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Kathy Sexsmith project funded by SIF.

Mar 23, 2014
PhD candidate Kathy Sexsmith collaborated on a proposal to document the wages and working conditions of Latino workers on dairy farms in Upstate New York. The project is a joint effort between the Worker Center of Central New York, Syracuse University, and Cornell University, and was funded by the Sociological Initiatives Foundation.

Rachel Bezner Kerr publication-Secheresse

Mar 21, 2014
Snapp, S.S., R. Bezner Kerr, A. Smith, M. Ollenburger, W. Mhango, L. Shumba, T. Gondwe and G.Y. Kanyama-Phiri. Modeling and participatory, farmer-led approaches to food security in a changing world: a case study from Malawi. Secheresse 24:350-358. Read more

Emme Edmunds talk at JNU

Mar 21, 2014
PhD candidate Emme Edmunds gave a talk at Jawaharlal Nehru University on "Paradoxes of taboo: gender, knowledge and sex education among middle class people in Delhi". Read more

Charles Geisler publication

Mar 13, 2014
Geisler, Charles. Disowned by the Ownership Society: How Native Americans Lost Their Land. Rural Sociology Volume 79, Issue 1, pp 56-78. March 2014. Read more

Thomas Hirschl publication-book

Mar 13, 2014
Rank, Mark Robert, Thomas A. Hirschl and Kirk A. Foster. Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes.  Oxford University Press, 2014. Read more

Mary Jo Dudley receives Food Justice certification.

Feb 28, 2014
Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworker Program, has received certification by the Agricultural Justice Project as a Food Justice Certified Inspector for farms and agricultural business applying for Food Justice certification.  Mary Jo has been certified to conduct Food Justice inspections as a worker representative under any approved AJP worker organization. Read more

Documentary by Andreas Hernandez '08 shown at Cornell

Feb 28, 2014
CUSLAR, Latin-American Studies Program and Latino Studies Program recently screened a film by DSOC alumnus Andreas Hernandez PhD '08 titled "Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement". Dr. Hernandez is Chair of the Department of International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Read more

Alaka Basu presentations

Feb 28, 2014
DSOC faculty member Alaka Basu gave the Fifth B.G. Kumar Lecture at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India, on 16 December 2013.
She then gave the Professor P.N.Mari Bhat Memorial Lecture at the International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai, India, on 6 January 2014.
In February, Professor Basu was part of the two member Panel Discussion of the Ford Foundation Roundtable Series on Ending Child Marriage at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC. Read more

DSOC faculty at Young Social Scientists Forum

Feb 27, 2014
DSOC faculty member Shelley Feldman was part of a panel discussion at the 4th Annual Young Social Scientists' Sustainability Research Forum on Social Science and Sustainability: Challenges, Critiques and Constructive Collaborations on February 13th. Field member Steven Wolf presented his research at the forum. Read more

Chuck Geisler publication-Research in Social Problems & Public Policy

Feb 19, 2014
Geisler, Charles. "Peak Farmland": Revealed Truth or Recreancy?” with Ben Currens, Research in Social Problems and Public Policy (RSPPP)Vol. 21, 2014.

Tom Hirschl joins research team at Newcastle University, UK.

Feb 15, 2014
DSOC faculty member Tom Hirschl visited David Brown and colleagues at Newcastle University, UK, in mid-February to work on a project analyzing counter urbanization in England and Wales. The study team recently acquired a longitudinal data file on job commuting, and Tom is assisting with implementing methods in event history analysis. Tom also gave a seminar about his forthcoming book "Chasing the Dream" at Newcastle University. Read more

Philip McMichael lecture for ICM

Feb 10, 2014
Department Chair Philip McMichael gave a lecture titled "Historicizing the Land Grab: The Unfolding, and Unraveling, of the Global Food Regime" as part of an Institute for Comparative Modernities series on February 10th. Read more

Field member Dan Lichter quoted in article about "shotgun weddings".

Feb 7, 2014
"About 18.1 percent of all single women who became pregnant opted to move in with their boyfriends before the child was born, according to 2006-2010 data from the government's National Survey of Family Growth, the latest available. That is compared to 5.3 percent who chose a post-conception marriage, according to calculations by Daniel Lichter, a Cornell sociologist." Read more

Tom Hirschl interviewed for Austrian newspaper

Jan 31, 2014
Faculty member Tom Hirschl and co-author Mark Rank were interviewed by the Austrian newspaper Courier about their book "In Search of the American Dream".  The interview was prompted by President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 28th, 2014. Read more

Wendy Wolford at Food Sovereignty conference

Jan 30, 2014
Faculty member Wendy Wolford served as chair for a panel at the conference "Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue".  Her group, the Land Deal Politics Initiative, co-sponsored the one-day event at The Hague in January. Read more

Reports from the field: Alice Beban France in Cambodia

Jan 30, 2014
PhD candidate Alice Beban France is currently in Cambodia conducting research on smallholder land reform initiatives. She is funded by Fulbright-Hays, one of 7 Cornell students to receive this prestigious fellowship (two of which were in DSOC-see news for Rebakah Daro Minarchek).

Glasgow and Brown present seminar in the UK

Jan 29, 2014
DSOC faculty Nina Glasgow and David Brown presented a seminar to the Business School of Lincoln University, UK, titled "Challenges and Opportunities of Rural Population Aging” on February 12th. David is a Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Professor in the Center for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), and Nina is a visiting scholar in the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University for the spring semester.

Reports from the field: Max Ajl in Tunisia

Jan 28, 2014
PhD candidate Max Ajl presented a paper called, “Social Demobilization and the Roots of ‘Islamism,’” at Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, politiques et Sociales de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia, December 14., 2013. He also has a book chapter out, with Sherene Seikaly, “Of Europe: Zionism and the Jewish Other,” in Europe after Derrida: Crisis and Potentiality, edited by Agnes Czajka and Bora Isyar (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

Philip McMichael fall sabbatical report

Jan 22, 2014
While on sabbatical in the fall, Department chair Phil McMichael presented two days of lectures to the program in Development Studies at the University of Calabria (Italy). He also gave a public lecture on the 'land grab' to the Norsk senter for bygdeforskning, Universitetssenteret Dragvoll (Trondheim, Norway).  He also attended the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) debates in Rome at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) as an observer and a member of the CFS's Civil Society Mechanism.

Paul Eberts on the early life of the Jesus movement.

Jan 19, 2014
Faculty emeritus Paul Eberts, along with his brother Harry, have produced a series of books on the early Jesus movement.  The books combine his brother's 55 years of ministry and Biblical teaching with Dr. Ebert's 50 years study of sociology of community. Read more

Wendy Wolford promoted to Professor

Jan 10, 2014
Congratulations to faculty member Wendy Wolford on her promotion to Professor within the department.

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue promoted to Professor

Jan 10, 2014
Congratulations to faculty member Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue for his promotion to Professor in the department.

Welcome to new faculty member Lori Leonard

Jan 10, 2014
Welcome to new faculty member Lori Leonard!  She is joining the department after a position as associate professor of health, behavior, and society at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also directed the Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine.  Welcome aboard!

Philip McMichael to succeed David Brown as department chair in January

Dec 20, 2013
Faculty member Philip McMichael will take over as department chair in January '14. Many thanks to outgoing chair David Brown for all his hard work!