Leland Glenna, Ph.D.

Leland Glenna, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society
114 Armsby
University Park, PA 16802


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1997
  • M.Div., Harvard University School of Divinity, 1992
  • B.A., Hamline University, 1989


Research Interests

My teaching and research program is in agriculture and natural resources. Within that more general program, I have three areas of emphasis: 1) social and environmental impacts of agricultural science and technologies, 2) the role of science and technology in agricultural and natural resource policy making, and 3) the social and ethical implications of democratizing science and technology research.

Current/Recent Courses

  • CED 417: Power, Conflict, and Community Decision-Making
  • RSoc 502: Use of Theory in Rural Sociology
  • RSoc 597: Contemporary Social Theory

Recent Selected Publications

Borlu, Yetkin and Leland Glenna. 2020. "Environmental Concern in a Capitalist Economy: Climate Change Perception Among U.S. Specialty-Crop Producers." Organization & Environment. DOI: 10.1177/1086026619897545.

Glenna, Leland L., Yetkin Borlu, Thomas Gill, Janelle Larson, Vincent Riccardi, and Rahma Adam. 2017. “Food Security, Sweet Potato Production, and Proximity to Markets in Northern Ghana." FACETS 2:919-936.

Glenna, Leland L. 2017. “The Purpose-Driven University: The Role of University Research in the Era of Science Commercialization." Agriculture and Human Values 34(4): 1021-1031.

Brandl, Barbara and Leland Glenna. 2017. “Intellectual Property and Agricultural Science and Innovation in Germany and the United States." Science, Technology, & Human Values 42(4): 622-656.

Tobin, Daniel, Leland Glenna, and Andre Devaux. 2016. “Pro-poor? Inclusion and Exclusion in Native Potato Value Chains in the Central Highlands of Peru." Journal of Rural Studies 46:71-80.

Glenna, Leland L., John Tooker, J. Rick Welsh, and David Ervin. 2015. “Intellectual Property, Scientific Independence, and the Efficacy and Environmental Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops." Rural Sociology 80(2): 147-17.

Recent Selected Presentations and Papers

Leland Glenna, William Lacy, Rick Welsh, and Dina Biscotti. “Institutional Norms, Scientists' Values, and Intellectual Property in the Context of Agricultural Biotechnology Research." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Boise, ID, 28-31 July 2011.

Glenna, Leland L. and Curtis Stofferahn. “When “Farming and Faith Collide": Factors Shaping a Controversy over the ELCA's Genetics and Faith Statement." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Boise, ID, 28-31 July 2011.

Hirschl, Thomas, James G. Booth, Leland Glenna, and Brandn Green. “An Empirical Test of Individualist vs. Social Models." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Boise, ID, 28-31 July 2011.

Recent Selected Awards and Recognition

Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Teaching Award 2018

Rural Sociology Best Paper Award 2016

Community of Advising Excellence Award 2013

Community of Teaching Excellence 2011

Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Award for Excellence in Research, 2010

The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Science's 2007 Roy C. Buck Award for best published paper by an untenured professor