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Community, regional and international development researchers working in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State.
  • Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics


814-865-2562

Areas of Expertise:
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis
  • Water Resources Management
  • Institutional Economics
  • Public Issues Education
  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography
  • Agribusiness Management Program Coordinator


814-863-8630

  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics
  • Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Center for Agriculture and Law, University of New England


814-863-8640

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agricultural Economics and Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Community and Regional Economics
  • Community and Rural Development
  • Comparative Rural Policy
  • Institutional and Behavioral Economics
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Public Scholarship and Civic Engagement in Higher Education
  • Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Environmental Economics


  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology


814-865-7321

Areas of Expertise:
  • Energy and Society, specifically Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development
  • Community Development and Public Engagement
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Governance Systems
  • Women in Agriculture
  • Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development


814-863-0387

Areas of Expertise:
  • Community
  • Community and Leadership Development
  • International Development
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Social Change/Social Movements
  • Rural Sociology
  • Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology
  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
  • and Public Health Sciences


814-863-8245

Areas of Expertise:
  • Environmental Demography
  • Spatial Demography
  • Climate Change, Land Use, and Community Resilience
  • Critical Infrastructure/Transportation and Population Change and Health
  • Computational and Spatial Analysis
  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society
  • Community, Environment, and Development Program Coordinator


814-863-8636

  • Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics
  • Director of The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development


814-863-4656

Areas of Expertise:
  • Food Systems Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Regional Economics and Policy
  • Professor of Rural Sociology


814-863-8628

Areas of Expertise:
  • food systems
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agrarian change
  • sustainability
  • Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography


814-863-8642

Areas of Expertise:
  • Demography
  • Social Stratification
  • International Development
  • Rural Sociology
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development


814-865-9542

  • Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics


610-396-6183

  • Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology


Areas of Expertise:
  • mixed-methods research
  • human dimensions of natural resources
  • rural community development
  • survey research
  • Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology and Demography


Areas of Expertise:
  • Community change and family and individual well-being
  • Rural youth
  • Consequences of Marcellus Shale development for families and communities
  • Professor of Rural Sociology


814-863-8641

Areas of Expertise:
  • Gender and Agriculture
  • Women Farmers
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Gender and Climate Change
  • Professor of Rural Sociology


814-867-3718

Areas of Expertise:
  • rural poverty
  • spatial inequality
  • gender and development
  • gender, disaster, and climate change
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics


814-863-8632

Areas of Expertise:
  • Applied econometrics
  • Household and firm-level choice & performance
  • Computational simulation
  • Applied game modeling
  • Adaptation to climate change