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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

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).

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

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

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!

Wendy Wolford promoted to Professor

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

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!

President Obama cites Tom Hirschl's study in recent remarks

Dec 6, 2013
President Obama referenced a study done by DSOC faculty Tom Hirschl and colleague Mark Rank in his remarks about economic mobility : "One study shows that more than half of Americans will experience poverty at some point during their adult lives.  Think about that.  This is not an isolated situation.  More than half of Americans at some point in their lives will experience poverty."  The study is from their forthcoming book, Chasing the American Dream, to be published in early March 2014. Read more

Cornell students aid undocumented farmworkers

Dec 5, 2013
The Cornell Daily Sun featured an article on the internship program run by The Cornell Farmworker Program.

DSOC staff win prize awarded in October

Nov 19, 2013
The department administrative staff (Linda Warner, Cindy Twardokus, Susan Smith, Terri Denman and Laurie Johnson) were awarded a prize for best group or department. The judges especially appreciated their "family" style of working.

Rural Sociology special issue features work of Polson Institute group

Nov 19, 2013
A forthcoming special issue of Rural Sociology dedicated to "new enclosures" of land is available on-line. Guest editors are Charles Geisler and Fouad Makki and it includes articles from DSOC faculty Geisler, Makki, and Phil McMichael. The special issue is the product of a Polson Institute-sponsored Research Working Group on New Enclosures, started in 2011. Read more

Olaf Larson honored in ASA Footnotes

Nov 18, 2013
Professor Emeritus Olaf Larson was honored with a profile in the American Sociological Association Footnotes for November, celebrating nearly 80 years as a rural sociologist. Read more

John Sipple Op-Ed piece on Common Core in Ithaca Journal

Nov 18, 2013
Guest Viewpoint: Too much change leads to Common Core confusion.

Emme Edmunds gives talk in New Delhi, India

Nov 12, 2013
PhD candidate Emme Edmunds gave a talk on gender and LGBT health & rights to the British Council in New Delhi, India.  Emme is conducting research in New Delhi during the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.

Zoe Greenfield presents her honors project at annual RSS meeting.

Oct 19, 2013
Zoe Greenfield (BS 2013) was invited to give a talk on her honors thesis at the Rural Sociological Society annual meetings.  Zoe's work examined factors associated with grandparents raising their children's children.

Rural Aging in 21st Century America book talk featured online

Oct 11, 2013
In a "Chats in the Stacks" book talk, Nina Glasgow, David L. Brown, and Douglas T. Gurak discuss how population aging is more rapid in rural areas of the United States.

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue elected Council Member-At-Large by the IUSSP

Oct 7, 2013
DSOC professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue was elected Council Member-at-large (Cameroon) by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in their 2013 council elections.