The Rural Sociological Society has several research and interest groups that members can join and participate in. These groups also coordinate activities and sessions for the Annual Meetings.

RIG Committee Chairs and Co-chairs:  

Rural Policy RIG
Chair: Rhianna Williams
Rural Poverty RIG  
Chair:Lisa Pruitt
Co-Chair: Eric Freeman
Rural Studies RIG
Chair: Loka Ashwood
Co-chair: Joe Jakubek
Rural Racial Ethnic Minorities RIG
Co-Chair: Mark Harvey
Co-Chairs: Jose Garcia-Pabon
Senior Rural Sociologists RIG
Chair: J.I. (Hans) Bakker
Sociology of Agriculture & Food RIG
Chair: Dara Bloom
Co-Chair: Jessica Goldberger
Teaching and Curriculum RIG
Chair: Jeff Taylor  - pending elections
Co-chair: Anjel Stough-Hunter – pending elections

Applied and Extension RIG
Chair: Melissa Fry
Community, Health and Family  RIG
Chair: Karl Jicha
Youth, Education, and Rural Vitality RIG
Chair: John Sipple
Co-Chair: Kai Schafft
Natural Resources RIG
Chair: Jessica Ulrich-Schad
Co-chair: Wes Eaton
Population RIG
Chair: Brian Thiede
Co-Chair: Jessica Ulrich-Schad
Rural Gender Issues RIG
Chair: Jennifer Sherman
Co-chair: Teresa Sobieszczyk
International Development RIG (New RIG)
Chair: John Green
Co-Chair: Cornelia Flora