Leland Glenna, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society
Leland Glenna, Ph.D.
114 Armsby
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-8636


  1. Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1997
  2. M.Div., Harvard University School of Divinity, 1992
  3. 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.

Outreach/Extension Interests

Although I do not have a formal extension appointment, I consider it the responsibility of rural sociologists to participate in outreach activities.  Two significant outreach activities include service as a member on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Task Force on Faith and Genetics and the National Academies of Science task force on genetically engineered agricultural crops.

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

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.

Borlu, Yetkin and Leland Glenna. 2015. “Fostering Consent in a Post-Fordist Regime: The Case of Industrial Maize Farming in Turkey.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory 34: 17-40.

Glenna, Leland, Sally Shortall, and Barbara Brandl. 2015. “The University, Public Goods, and Food & Agricultural Innovation.” Sociologia Ruralis 55(4): 438-459.

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

Community of Teaching Excellence, The Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Science 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