The Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development was established in 2001 as a research and outreach institute within the Department of Development Sociology of Cornell University.
The Polson Institute for Global Development promotes theoretical and applied research activities related to global development. The goal of these activities is to enhance and extend the intellectual work and exchange among members of the Development Sociology Department, and between the Department and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and other colleges and programs of Cornell University, as well as off-campus development institutes and organizations. The activities of the Polson Institute also include instruction, outreach and interaction with other institutes and programs in the field of development, as well as special lectures, workshops, and seminars.
In September 2001, Professor David Brown was officially inaugurated as the Director of the Institute. Professor Douglas Gurak became Director in January 2006; and Professor Shelley Feldman became Director in June 2012. Associate Professor Lori Leonard became Director in March 2016.
The activities of the Polson Institute include research, instruction, outreach and interaction with other institutes and programs in the field of development, as well as special lectures, workshops, seminars and working paper series.
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