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
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
The fall 2013 issue of periodiCALS features research by Angela Gonzales, leadership building through LEAD NY and CaRDI's New York State internship program. 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.
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.
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
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.
The Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is seeking applicants for a 9 month tenure track position focusing on population and environment. Read more
DSOC alums study women's roles in traditional agriculture in Colombia
Jul 30, 2013
DSOC alums Kayte Meola PhD'12 and Carylanna Taylor MS'03, as part of the Research Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), recently toured a starch plant in Sucre, where they are developing a plan for an extended harvest in the cultivation of cassava. (Note: link is in Spanish).
Upcoming book by Tom Hirschl reveals the extent of poverty in the US.
Jul 29, 2013
An upcoming book by DSOC faculty member Tom Hirschl and Mark Rank shows that 4 out of 5 adults in the US experience joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on federal assistance at some point during their lives.
"The institutes are run by Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute, which trains local government officials, and tailors training to the clerk role. Officials say it is a profession evolving as laws change and one where schooling or prior work experience is insufficient preparation." Read more
Incoming grad student George Spisak gave a talk to the History of Capitalism summer program on his experiences working as a broker on an open-outcry commodities trading floor. He discussed the social aspects of the pit, the intense competition between the opening and closing bells, and the near-universal camaraderie when the market was closed. Also covered were the health effects of working in a high stress job, the function of liquidity in commodity markets, and demographic representation of traders and brokers. Read more
Faculty Rachel Bezner Kerr's food security research in Africa is featured in the CALS Notes blog. Read more
Fouad Makki and Joe Francis receive Atkinson Center Venture Fund awards
Jun 10, 2013
Highly competitive Atkinson Center Venture Fund awards were given to two DSOC professors: Fouad Makki: "A Toilet with Biological Pathogen Control"; and Joe Francis: "The Cornell NutriPhone: Personalized Micronutrient Analysis."
In a Writing in the Majors special topics seminar based on Phil McMichael's International Development course, students worked with Mindi Schneider on commodity chain analysis projects and created a course website/blog to share their work. Read more
Lori Leonard to join DSOC faculty in January 2014
Jun 3, 2013
DSOC is pleased to announce that Lori Leonard will be joining the faculty in January 2014. Dr. Leonard gave a seminar on her research in May titled "An Experiment in Development: The Social Life of a 'Model' Pipeline Project in Chad".
Eleanor Andrews, Sara Keene, Kasia Paprocki, and Brian Thiede receive Rural Resilience Fellowships
May 29, 2013
Eleanor Andrews, Sara Keene, Kasia Paprocki, and Brian Thiede were among the eight graduate students chosen to receive a Rural Resilience Fellowship from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Oxfam America.
Congratulations to DSOC undergrads Stryker Lane, Nashon Garret, and Jace Bennet for qualifying for the NCAA wrestling championships. Nashon placed third and was named All-American, along with team mate Kyle Dake, who won his fourth straight title. Read more