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AESE Rural Sociology Program Representation at RSS Annual Meeting

Posted: August 30, 2019

The rural sociology program had a strong representation at the RSS annual meeting in Richmond. Thomas Mueller and Matt Brooks won both the Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award and the student paper award of the Natural Resources Research Interest Group for their paper “Who Bears the Burden of Renewable Energy: A Multi-scalar Analysis of Distributional Injustice and Wind Energy.” Maria Vivanco Salazar won a doctoral dissertation award for "Neglected and Underutilized by Whom? Neo-colonialism in the Definition of Crops from the Andean Region" and Effie Smith won a master’s thesis award for "Livelihoods in the Balance: Haitians, Haitian-Dominicans, and Precarious Work in Rural Dominican Republic." Katrina Alford won the student paper award of the Population Research Interest Group. Altogether, 14 rural sociology graduate students and 13 faculty were on the program with presentations, and others as panelists. In addition, 13 rural sociology graduate program alumni were on the program, so in total Penn State had a 40-person contingent, the strongest of all universities.

The rural sociology program had a strong representation at the RSS annual meeting in Richmond. Thomas Mueller and Matt Brooks won both the Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award and the student paper award of the Natural Resources Research Interest Group for their paper “Who Bears the Burden of Renewable Energy: A Multi-scalar Analysis of Distributional Injustice and Wind Energy.” Maria Vivanco Salazar won a doctoral dissertation award and Effie Smith won a master’s thesis award. Katrina Alford won the student paper award of the Population Research Interest Group. Altogether, 14 rural sociology graduate students and 13 faculty were on the program with presentations, and others as panelists. In addition, 13 rural sociology graduate program alumni were on the program, so in total Penn State had a 40-person contingent, the strongest of all universities.