MAX J. PFEFFER is International Professor of Development Sociology and Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His teaching has concentrated on environmental sociology and sociological theory. His research spans several areas including rural labor markets, international migration, land use and environmental planning. The work has focused on a variety of rural and urban communities, including rural/urban fringe areas. Research sites include rural New York and Central America. He has been awarded competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Research Initiative and its Fund for Rural America, and the Social Science Research Council. Pfeffer has published a wide range of scholarly articles and has written/co-edited four books. He recently published (with John Schelhas) Saving Forests, Protecting People? Environmental Conservation in Central America. Max has served on and led National Research Council committees of the Water Science and Technology Board. Max has served as Chair of the Development Sociology Department, and the Associate Director of both the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cornell University Center for the Environment.
I have conducted research on a variety of topical areas including community development, international migration, agricultural labor, rural labor markets, land use and environmental planning. Primary data collection and field research have been a defining features of my research which has centered on a variety of rural and urban communities with a particular emphasis on rural/urban fringe areas in rural New York, Mexico and Central America. My work has been funded by competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Research Initiative and the Fund for Rural America.
Outreach and Extension Focus
My teaching has focused on environmental sociology and classical sociological theory.
- Freitag, A., & Pfeffer, M. J. (2013). Process, Not Product: Investigating Recommendations for Improving Citizen Science ÔSuccessÕ. PLoS One. 8:e64079.
- Pfeffer, M. J., & Parra, P. (2009). Strong Ties, Weak Ties, and Human Capital: Latino Immigrant Employment Outside the Enclave. Rural Sociology. 74:241-269.
- Pfeffer, M. J. (2008). The Underpinnings of Immigration and the Limits of Immigration Policy. Cornell International Law Journal. 41:83-100.
- Pfeffer, M. J., Schelhas, J., & Meola, C. (2006). Environmental Globalization, Organizational Form, and Expected Benefits from Protected Areas in Central America. Rural Sociology. 7:429-450.
- Pfeffer, M. J., Schelhas, J., DeGloria, S. D., & Gomez, J. (2005). Population, conservation, and land use change in Honduras. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 110:14-28.