Graduate Students

Omar M. Ali

Omar M. Ali

MS/PhD Student

Omar M. Ali is a second year PhD student. He received his M.D. from IFORD (Cameroon) and worked as a demographer/analyst at the Direction of Statistics and Demographic Studies of Djibouti.

Max Ajl

Max Ajl

PhD Candidate

Max's dissertation research focuses on the interaction between Tunisian state agriculture development policy, state subsidy policy, and the world commodity markets in the post-1980 period. 

Eleanor Andrews

Dying in droves from colony collapse disorder, honey bees are a canary in the coal mine... or are they? My research draws together theories of learning, political ecology, and science studies to understand how beekeeping has become embroiled in debates over sustainable agriculture, science wars, and the definition of "sustainability."

Amit Anshumali

Amit's dissertation research primarily focuses on the connections between men's access to rural off-farm employment and women's relative autonomy in central India. Substantively, his research spans the fields of rural sociology, development economics and anthropology of labor.

Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

PhD Candidate

Ian’s Master’s research focused on the struggles over agriculture in development discourse and practice, focusing on the emergence of food sovereignty as a substantive alternative to dominant development models and as political rallying point for diverse agrarian communities. Ian’s research also spans the food crisis, biofuels, the contemporary agrarian question, the ‘new’ Green Revolution in Africa, and urban food justice movements.

Alice Beban France

Alice Beban is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University.  Her research addresses land rights, agricultural production and gender concerns to understand people's changing relationships with land. She recently completed two years of fieldwork in Cambodia, funded by Fulbright-Hays, the Tokyo Foundation and Asia Rice Foundation USA. She is currently completing her dissertation on the politics of recent state efforts to carry out redistributive land reform within agribusiness concessions in Cambodia. 

Paul Berry

Paul Berry

PhD Candidate

Paul is a demographer with substantive research and teaching interests in social theory, public policy, population & environment, and quantitative methods.  He specializes in applying a demographic lens to contemporary public policy, and challenges himself to interpret the results within the wider lens of political economy and social theory. 

Isha Bhatnagar

Isha Bhatnagar

MS/PhD Student

Isha is interested in couple decision-making regarding fertility preferences and the changing value of daughters in India. Previously, she worked with the Population Council, New Delhi on projects related to reproductive, maternal and child health and behavior change communication in rural north India. 
 

Ashon Bradford

Ashon's research examines the interconnections between power, political dynamics and subjective understandings of success and how these factors shape the economic and social outcomes of low-income rural African Americans in the southern US.

Holly Jean Buck

Holly Jean’s work looks at climate change, energy system transformation, and human-environment interactions.  Her dissertation work looks at social dimensions of climate engineering in landscapes on the front lines of climate change.

Hilary Faxon

Hilary Faxon

MS/Ph.D. Student

Hilary's current research focuses on gender, land, and environmental justice movements in Myanmar/Burma within her broader study of political economy of development, feminist political ecology, agrarian change and state formation in South and Southeast Asia. Before coming to Cornell, she worked with local NGOs and activist networks in both Myanmar and Bhutan, and her master's project at Yale examined conservation advocacy and nascent democracy in Bhutan. 

Carrie Freshour

Carrie is currently conducting her fieldwork in Northeast Georgia, where she is studying the gendered and racialized practices of social reproduction among Black and Latina poultry workers.

Delilah Griswold

Delilah's research is contextually focused on climate-smart agriculture policy in Fiji, where contingencies of ethnically-ordered land access and environmental exigencies inflect agriculture policy and practice.

Shrey Kapoor

Shrey Kapoor

PhD Student

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Shrey's research is centered on processes of collective action among small and marginal farmers in India, both in terms of cooperative formation and the politics of protest. 

Sneha Kumar

Sneha Kumar

PhD Candidate

Sneha’s research interests include fertility in late and post transitional societies, population aging, intergenerational caregiving and family well-being, and population policy in Southeast and South Asia.

Justine Lindemann

Justine's research examines the ways in which spatially underprivileged and marginalized urban citizens make claims to rights through their participation in urban food production and food system work that rebuilds, remakes, and re-imagines city spaces.

Daniel Lumonya

Daniel’s research revolves around rural farming systems and agrarian transitions, globalization, and state civil society relations. 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.

Rebakah Daro Minarchek

Rebakah is currently in Indonesia conducting dissertation research on land tenure change for customary law communities, especially those living on "state land" and in conservation zones. Her research explores gender, traditional and national laws regarding forest use, agricultural/forest interactions, and perceptions of rights. Her methods include a mix of ethnography, surveys, participatory mapping, and participatory photography.

Ryan Nehring

Ryan Nehring

PhD Candidate

Ryan’s professional and academic research interest center on the politics of food systems and agricultural research primarily in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil. His primary fields of interest are: Science and Technology Studies (STS), the Sociology of Development and Critical Agrarian Studies. 

Kasia Paprocki

Kasia is a PhD Candidate whose research focuses on development and agrarian change in rural Bangladesh. She is currently conducting dissertation research on the use of shrimp farming as a climate change adaptation strategy in coastal communities in Bangladesh's southwestern Khulna district.

Theresa Pendergrast

Tess' MS project focused on socio-economic, political, and institutional changes resulting from water-intensive agricultural development in rural New Zealand. Her research broadly has explored community relations and local democracy dynamics within environmental crises. Tess' dissertation work considers race, class, and power issues related to water governance and environmental/public health in urban spaces in the Eastern United States. 

Shoshana Devra Perrey

Shoshana is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow who has field research experience in tropical ecology, agroecological farming with peer-to-peer family farmers, and youth education opportunities. Her master’s thesis work investigates the transitions in agrobiodiversity, seed conservation and links to traditional culinary knowledge in indigenous communities of the Chinantla region of Oaxaca, Mexico. In Ithaca, NY, she is the Chef of Liberation Supper Club, a farm-to-table and wild foods catering company that cultivates a sense of place by telling the story of where food comes from.

Ewan Robinson

Ewan Robinson

MS/PhD Student

Ewan’s research focuses on how relationships between development organizations, government agencies, and private sector institutions shape the implementation of agricultural development programs and policies in East Africa. 

Aubryn Sidle

Aubryn is interested in the impact of soft skills programs on girls' educational and health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa and how these programs are being shaped by the new SDG regime.  Aubryn has served as the Executive Director of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa) where she designed and implemented high-impact programs serving adolescent girls in Malawi.  

Bobby J. Smith II

Bobby's work focuses on the food justice movement in the United States. More specifically, his current research seeks to understand the ways in which food justice activism rises in response to race and class-based inequalities embedded in the social, economic, cultural, and political contexts of both the local food and corporate industrial agriculture movements. 

Janet Smith

Janet Smith

MS/PhD Student

Janet’s research focuses on the political and economic implications of Arab development assistance to West Africa. More specifically, her masters research documents the emergence of Islamic NGOs in Burkina Faso. For her dissertation, Janet plans to explore Arab aid as an alternative development actor and the opportunities opened for both recipient and donor through ‘South-South collaboration’.

Olajumoke Warritay

Based on fieldwork in Ghana, Jumoke traces the historical development of African print textiles as a lens into capitalist development and social change in West Africa. Her work foregrounds the textiles industry to illustrate and analyze (de)industrialization, expanding consumer markets, and market hegemony in Ghana and the global economy. She is interested in the articulation of economic and cultural development, as well as production and consumption.