Ajay Kailas is currently a third year medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine pursuing a future dermatology match. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University as a Dwight D. Anderson Scholar in 2013. During his time in the department, he studied Native American attitudes and beliefs towards the HPV vaccination for three years, working with the Hopi Tribe in Arizona.
Lazlo Kulcsar, Ph.D. '06, was the featured speaker at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research's Foreign Scholar Lecture Series. His presentation was titled "The Challenges of Depopulation for Development." Read more
Lois Morton, Ph.D. '98, was named USDA's December Woman in Agriculture. Dr. Morton is a professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University and director of the USDA-NIFA Climate & Corn-based Cropping System Coordinated Agricultural Project. Morton’s research focuses on the relationship between people and the natural environment as it relates to climate change. She discusses with us the impact research has on women worldwide and how the field continues to evolve. Read more
Brian Thiede Ph.D. '14 - Winner of Grant Competition
Dec 18, 2015
Brian Thiede's proposal to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality's New Scholars grant competition was selected for funding.
Oxford University Press has published a new book by Sergio Chavez, Ph.D. Development Sociology (2007), entitled, "Border Lives." This is one of the first ethnographic studies to demonstrate the ways in which the border has created both an opportunity and barrier for working class Mexicans. Read more
Cornelia Flora PhD '70 was selected as part of the Graduate School's 150 Notable Alumni series, which marks Cornell's sesquicentennial year. Cornelia works in sustainable agriculture and social justice and is currently Director of the North Central Regional Rural Development Center at Iowa State University. Read more
Alumnus and Polson Visiting Fellow Matthew Hoffman PhD '11 gave a lecture on "Private Property in Shared Landscapes" on 1/30 for the City and Regional Planning Spring Colloquium Series at Cornell. Read more
Field opportunities are now available with the CGIAR research program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) to conduct gender research in agricultural project contexts, including GMOs, herbicide-resistent crop varieties, effects of modernization on collective action in pest management, value chains, nutrition, and more. This initiative is being led by DSOC alums Kayte Meola (PhD '12) and Cynthia Caron (PhD '03). Read more
Patel, R., R. Bezner Kerr, L. Shumba and L. Dakishoni. Cook, eat, man woman: Understanding the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Malawi, and its alternatives. 2014. Journal of Peasant Studies November Read more
Djahane Salehabadi (PhD 2014) has been offered the position of Senior Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, Germany. For the next two years she will conduct research as well as teach in the Environmental Governance Masters Program. Congratulations! Read more
Kudos to Brian Thiede (PhD 2014) is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. In January, he will start a tenure track position at Louisiana State University in Sociology. Read more
Brian Thiede PhD 2014 won the RSS Population Research Interest Group's Graduate Student Paper Award Winner this year. The paper, "Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia" was recently published in the journal World Development. Read more
After re-connecting via email and the Internet, a number of distinguished DSOC alumni traveled to Ithaca in July to visit the Cornell campus and reminisce about their days as graduate students in the department formally known as Rural Sociology. See link for full picture and listing. Read more
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
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
Daniel Mulé recently completed a combined JD-LLM program between Columbia Law and the London School of Economics. 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).
Writer, activist and academic Raj Patel PhD '02 has launched a site documenting his work and projects. Read more
Cynthia Caron PhD '03
May 13, 2013
Cynthia Caron '03 accepted a tenure track position in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University.
Rukmini Potdar PhD '01
Mar 7, 2013
Vikram Potdar, the son of alumna Rukmini Potdar Ph.D. '01, is a junior in Cornell's College of Engineering but continues to excel in the music arena. He recently won a Cornell Music Department competition and performed on the piano with the Cornell Symphony on March 7th at Bailey Hall.
Devparna Roy PhD '06
Nov 14, 2012
Devparna Roy '06, Visiting Fellow for the Polson Institute for Global Development, gave the presentation, To Bt or Not to Bt? Roles of the State, Civil Society and Firms in Transgenic Crop Controversies in India as part of the CIIFAD seminar series on November 14th.
Megan Swindal PhD '12
Aug 20, 2012
Megan Swindal PhD '12 is now a full-time instructor in the University of Alabama's Sociology program within its Criminal Justice Department.
Scott Sanders PhD '12
Aug 20, 2012
Scott Sanders PhD '12 accepted a position with the Sociology Department at Brigham Young University as an assistant professor, teaching courses on international development and GIS.
Jason Cons PhD '11
Aug 13, 2012
Jason Cons PhD '11 joined the Department of International Relations at Bucknell University where he teaches a range of courses related to human security. He will be continuing work on two broad projects: one on violence, secrecy, state-formation, and territory along the India-Bangladesh border (including developing his dissertation into a monograph); and one on community responses to a range of agrarian changes in contemporary rural Bangladesh.
Hannah Wittman PhD '05
Jul 16, 2012
Hannah Wittman PhD '05 moved from Simon Frazier University to a new position at the University of British Columbia. Hannah is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. It is a "food sovereignty" position in the Food, Nutrition and Health program, with a 1/3 joint appointment in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. She is teaching in the UBC Land, Food and Community undergraduate program and advise graduate students in 2 MS/PhD programs: "Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (in LFS) and "Resource Management and Environmental Studies"(in IRES).
Dela Kusi-Appouh PhD '12
Jun 4, 2012
Dela Kusi-Appouh PhD '12 will began a 2-year post-doctoral position as a Fred H. Bixby Fellow at the Population Council. Dela is working on the Adolescent "Safe Spaces" Program in Lusaka, Zambia. This program includes a girl-only meeting space facilitated by a female mentor. The program also integrates social, health, and economic asset building components aimed at improving longer-term health outcomes for adolescent girls.
Gayle Kaufman MS '92
Jan 2, 2012
Gayle Kaufman is now Chair of the Sociology Department at Davidson College, Davidson NC. She received her BS in Rural Sociology in 1991, and her MS in Development Sociology in 1992.
Laszlo Kulcsar PhD '05
Nov 2, 2011
Laszlo Kulcsar is one of the editors of the International Handbook of Rural Demography, published in 2012. The book contains content from field member Dan Lichter, Department Chair David Brown, faculty member Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue and postdoc Sarah Giroux.
'Dimeji Togunde PhD '95
Sep 26, 2011
'Dimeji Togunde PhD '95 has been named the Gordon-Zeto Dean of Global Education and Professor of International Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta GA.