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Population processes and change researchers working in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology


814-867-2871

Areas of Expertise:
  • Rural Demography
  • Health and Health Disparities
  • Spatial Differences in Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality
  • Stratification and Inequality
  • Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
  • Professor of Rural Sociology


814-867-3718

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