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A.E. Luloff, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology
A.E. Luloff, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

  • mixed-methods research
  • human dimensions of natural resources
  • rural community development
  • survey research

Education

  1. Ph.D., Rural Sociology, Penn State, 1977

Vitae

Research Interests

A.E. Luloff’s teaching, research, and writing concentrates on the impacts of rapid social change, as a result of sociodemographic shifts, on the natural and human resource bases of the community. Changes in land cover and use, the impact of rural development and environmental policy on small and rural communities, and importance, use, and regeneration of the state’s forest resources have been central features of his work. He uses a multiple method approach involving both qualitative and quantitative protocols, and has examined adjustments in rural resource-dependent economies, particularly in forested and agricultural areas. Luloff has extensive experience designing, conducting, and analyzing survey research. His research has been funded by public and private agencies and foundations and has generated numerous publications. He received the Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society in 1997, the Natural Resources Research Group (Rural Sociological Society) Merit Award in 2000, and the Certificate of Achievement from the Community Development Society in 2004. He was elected Executive Director of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources in 2009 (his term will expire in 2013)

Former Graduate Students

2002

Jennifer Steele
Community Perspectives on Land Use Planning and Regulation
Ph.D. Dissertation – Rural Sociology – PSU

2003

Camilo Leon
Social Impact Assessment of Camisea Pipeline Project
MS Thesis – Rural Sociology – PSU

Mark A. Brennan
Community Agency: A Comparison of Rural Community Action in Ireland and Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Dissertation – Rural Sociology - PSU

2004

Coren Jagnow
Posting Decisions of Pennsylvania Landowners
Ph.D. Dissertation – Forest Resources - PSU

Courtney Flint
2004 Community Response to Forest Disturbance on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula
Ph.D. Dissertation – Rural Sociology - PSU

2005

David Cascante-Matarrita
Factors Associated with Community Participation in Western Communities
MS Thesis – Rural Sociology - PSU

2007

Cara M. Raboanarielina
Factors Associated with Forest Management in Allegany County, Maryland
MS Thesis – Rural Sociology - PSU

Jason Gordon
A Comparative Analysis of Community Risk Perception and Resilience to Wildfire
MS Thesis – Rural Sociology - PSU (co-advise)

2008

David Cascante-Matarrita

Consequences of Tourism-Based Growth on Rural Communities’ Quality of Life: A Comparative Study of Liberia and La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Ph.D. Dissertation – Rural Sociology - PSU

2009

Kristin Wolfmuller
Personal Troubles and Public Issues as Master Frames
MS Thesis - Rural Sociology – PSU

2010

Jason Gordon
The Community Effect on Latino Environmental Perceptions and Interactions with Natural Areas: A Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Natural Resources.
Ph.D. Dissertation - Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment [HDNRE] - PSU

Brad Woods
Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia: How Does it Affect the Quality of Life Among Coalfield Residents?
Ph.D. Dissertation - Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment [HDNRE] - PSU

2011

Cara M. Raboanarielina

Community Perspectives on Conservation, Forest Livelihoods, and Social Well-Being in Zahamena National Park, Madagascar

Ph.D. Dissertation - Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment [HDNRE] - PSU

Membership on Graduate Degree Candidate's Committees

2002

Gacheke Simons
Integrating Forest Conservation and Rural Development: A Kenyan Study
Ph.D. Thesis – Rural Sociology – PSU

2004

Leslie Ann Horner
Assessing Capacity for Collaboration and Sustainable Forestry in a Western Tennessee Community
MS. Thesis – Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries – University of Tennessee

Sezer Goncuoglu-Eser
Public Attitudes toward Genetically Modified Foods
Ph.D. Thesis – Rural Sociology – PSU

Tom King
Success and Transformation, Collective Marketing and Common-pool Credit in a Belizean Fishing Cooperative: An Empirical Example of a Multi-Tiered Collective Action Problem
Ph.D. Thesis – Anthropology – PSU

2005

Gary Micsky
Impact of Forest Stewardship Education on Landowner Intentions Relating to Forest Parcelization
Master of Science in Forestry – PSU

Tracey Coulter
Non-traditional Stakeholder Preferences for White-tailed Deer Management in Pennsylvania
MS – Forest Resources– PSU

2006

Alexander L. Metcalf
Sample Selection Protocol for a Survey of Pennsylvania’s Private Forest Landowners
MS – Forest Resources – PSU

Jamie Leary
Enhancing the Forester and Timber Harvester Dialogue
MFR – Forest Resources – PSU

2007

William J. Rossman
The Influence of Consumer Knowledge and Characteristics Applesauce Selection: Evidence from a Survey of Pennsylvania Residents
MS – Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics – PSU

2008

Benoni L. Amsden
Understanding Sense of Place among Community Residents and Volunteers in Alaska
Ph.D. Dissertation - Rural Sociology - PSU

2010

Joshua Brion Gruver
Understanding Private Forest Landowners’ Experiences as They Plan for Their Forests’ Future
Ph.D. Dissertation – Forest Resources and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment [HDNRE] PSU

Alexander Leventon Metcalf
Human Dimensions of Private Forestland Ownership: Sampling, Estimation, Decision Making Processes, and Implications
Ph.D. Dissertation – Forest Resources and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment [HDNRE] PSU