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
"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
Department chair Philip McMichael made a presentation at the Food Sovereignty Symposium at the International Institute for Social Studies at The Hague, January 24, on historicizing food sovereignty. Read more
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
Philip McMichael, Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions (Fernwood Press, 2013). 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).
A three-year study by Cornell researchers suggests that growth in local farm aggregation and distribution businesses may provide economic benefits to local communities, but that some other businesses may suffer. Read more
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).
PhD candidate Rebakah Daro Minarchek won the award for her research in Indonesia, which is funded in part by a grant from Fulbright-Hays. Read more
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.
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
Faculty member John Sipple was part of a discussion on school consolidation, broadcasted on the radio program Capitol Pressroom. Click here to listen to the broadcast. 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!
Faculty member Joe Francis was one of 4 people to help develop an application that analyzes micronutrients on a smartphone, so that phones can track micronutrient deficiencies for world populations. Read more
Recent graduate Ajay Kailas was accepted to medical school, beginning in the fall of 2014. He credits help from advisor David Brown and research experience with Angela Gonzales towards his success. Read more
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.
Research Associate Nina Glasgow and Visiting Fellow Eddy Berry wrote an article for ASA Footnotes, published in the Nov. The article pertains to a congressional briefing they conducted along with Douglas Gurak on rural aging in Washington DC. Read more
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.
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
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue gave a presentation at a US National Academy of Science workshop on Sustainability Science in October. The title of the workshop was "Can Earth and Society's Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People?" The title of his talk was Population-Inequality-Sustainability: Beyond IPAT. Read more
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.
In a podcast on New Security Beat, Alaka Basu sees many efforts to empower the most marginalized women around the world as too focused on the idea of creating marketplace options. “I’m trying to think beyond that way of looking at empowerment and ask, ‘What is meaningful empowerment?’” How does expansion of women’s choices lead to outcomes in other fields? Read more
News on initiatives, grants and internships from the Cornell Farmworker Program. Read more
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.