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Daniel Lumonya

Ph.D. Candidate

Daniel is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University. His dissertation, “When Labor Becomes a Problem: Distress and Agrarian Transitions in Buyengo, Eastern Uganda”, uses two years worth of ethnographic research in rural Eastern Uganda to examine transformation of communal labor practices and norms of reciprocity and how these transformations in turn reshape Buyengo’s farming system. Broadly, his research interests revolve around rural farming systems and agrarian transitions, globalization, and state civil society relations.

Daniel holds a Master of Science of Development Sociology, Cornell University (2011) and a Masters of Arts, Social Sector Planning and Management, Makerere University (2000), in addition to several courses in research planning and management. Daniel has also undertaken extensive training in facilitating cross cultural adjustment, experiential learning, financial management and budgeting, through over ten years working as Academic Director with World Learning’s SIT Study Abroad Programs in Africa. At Cornell University Daniel has several semesters’ experience working as a teaching assistant for introduction to sociology. Prior to joining the PhD program at Cornell University Daniel was a lecturer at Makerere University for several years. His teaching at Makerere University included course in rural development theory and practice, organizational theory and management, human resource management, qualitative, participatory and action research. In 2001/2002 Daniel was World Studies Fellow at Marlboro College in Vermont where he taught Social Dimensions of Development and Global Perspectives (fall semester), and Rural Development in Sub- Saharan Africa (spring semester) in addition to international Student Advising and serving on the Committee for World Studies.

Daniel is a past president of Wananchi, an association of citizens and fiends of East Africa at Cornell University. Daniel continues to be engaged with issues concerning rural development, social justices and inequality in East Africa. He has travelled extensively and worked in the East African region. He speaks Luganda, Lusamia and Swahili with relative fluency in addition to basic competence in numerous other local languages. 

Dissertation Committee: Max Pfeffer (Chair), Philip McMichael, Foaud Makki.