Since its inauguration in 2001, The Polson Institute has been helmed by a Director and Steering Committee drawn from the Department of Development Sociology. Currently led by Professor Lori Leonard, previous leadership has included -
- Professor Shelley Feldman (2012-2016)
- Professor Douglas Gurak (2006-2012)
- Professor David Brown (2001-2005)
The Polson Institute works to support the research of faculty in the Department of Development Sociology and to help them build collaborations across and beyond the university through a series of programmatic initiatives that include, a Small Grants Program, Research Working Groups, and a Visiting Faculty Program.