Combining themes of political and economic sociology, within macro- and micro-comparative and historical approaches to critically examine social change and development.
How do communities mobilize and organize to participate in the political processes that affect them?
Can culture and arts contribute to community development?
How does globalization and modernization affect the distribution of resources and benefits in society?
Regions of Study
- Northeast Africa
- South America
- United States
- Historical and comparative sociology
- Civic studies
- Food systems and agrarian change
- Food sovereignty and social movements
- The politics of land
- unequal and combined development
Featured Projects and Initiatives
- The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)
- Performing our Future - Demonstrating the assets of local culture
- The Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security
- Peters, S., Alter, T., & Schaffer, T. Jumping Into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals. Washington, D.C.: Kettering Foundation Press.
- Scoones, I., Edleman, M., Saturnino, B., Hall, R., Wolford, W., White, B. Emancipatory Rural Politics: confronting authoritarian populism. Journal of Peasant studies.
- McMichael, P. "Towards an Ecology of Development," (ed Fagan, H. Munck, R.) in Handbook on Development and Social Change.