Steering Committee

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Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Chair


My research program advances knowledge in the field of development sociology through substantive and methodological contributions in three areas, including the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. My most recent research investigates the consequences of demographic change on a range of socioeconomic outcomes that include schooling, gender, and income inequality. In this research, I extend existing theoretical arguments (e.g. dilution, dividends) and methodological approaches (e.g. decomposition analysis). My empirical research combines national statistics and panel survey data. My teaching goals now are to strengthen our department`s undergraduate and graduate training in social science research. These goals will be achieved by creating opportunities for practical research for the department's undergraduates, and by continuing to build a graduate course on the empirics of development and inequality. Specific objectives for the next two years are to (a) publish a reader for my course on education and inequality (DSoc3050); (b) work more closely with undergraduates on honors or research scholarships, and (c) develop cross-campus collaboration with students interested in the empirical study of global inequality. These goals align with our department`s focus on applied sociology and global development.

Fernando Galeana Rodriguez

MS/PhD Student

Fernando Galeana is a former World Bank consultant who participated in the design, supervision, and evaluation of land administration projects in Latin America and Eastern Europe. His publications include assessments about land policy and land markets in Mexico, El Salvador, and Paraguay.  He has participated in several initiatives to help strengthen the recognition of indigenous peoples' land rights, including a South-South Exchange with Colombia, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and a study on land markets in Peten, Guatemala. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and a master's degree in International Development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His current research interests are in knowledge formation and property rights drawing on literature from the political economy of development, political ecology, and critical cartography.

Fouad Makki, Associate Professor

As an undergraduate, I was educated in comparative studies in society and history at Cornell University and received a Ph. D. in sociology from Binghamton University. My principal focus of interest over the past few years has been understanding forms of social power as they change over time, and the way economic systems intertwine with cultural forms in those transformations. I am particularly interested in development processes viewed from a broadly comparative and historical perspective, together with the various theories that attempt to account for them.

John Sipple, Associate Professor


John Sipple has focused his research interests on the responses of public school districts to changes in state and federal policy. Central to his work are issues of community and organizational change and how they relate to learning opportunities for students across racial, socioeconomic, and geographic lines.

John Zinda, Assistant Professor


John Zinda's research interests include environmental sociology, development and globalization, contemporary China, rural livelihoods, community, agriculture, land use change, qualitative methods, spatial data analysis, mixed methods.