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
rlwillia@mtu.edu
 
Rural Poverty RIG  
Chair:Lisa Pruitt
lrpruitt@ucdavis.edu
 
Co-Chair: Eric Freeman
eric.freeman@wichita.edu
 
Rural Studies RIG
Chair: Loka Ashwood
lla0008@auburn.edu
 
Co-chair: Joe Jakubek
Jakubek@ksu.edu
 
Rural Racial Ethnic Minorities RIG
Co-Chair: Mark Harvey
Mharve16@fau.edu
 
Co-Chairs: Jose Garcia-Pabon
garciajl@wsu.edu
 
Senior Rural Sociologists RIG
Chair: J.I. (Hans) Bakker
hbakker@uoguelph.ca
 
Sociology of Agriculture & Food RIG
Chair: Dara Bloom
jdbloom@ncsu.edu
 
Co-Chair: Jessica Goldberger
jgoldberger@wsu.edu
 
Teaching and Curriculum RIG
Chair: Jeff Taylor  - pending elections
jtaylor@wivalley.net
 
Co-chair: Anjel Stough-Hunter – pending elections
Stough.16@osu.edu

Applied and Extension RIG
Chair: Melissa Fry
frym@ius.edu
 
Community, Health and Family  RIG
Chair: Karl Jicha
kajicha@ncsu.edu
 
Youth, Education, and Rural Vitality RIG
Chair: John Sipple
jsipple@cornell.edu
 
Co-Chair: Kai Schafft 
kas45@psu.edu
 
Natural Resources RIG
Chair: Jessica Ulrich-Schad
jessicad.ulrich@gmail.com
 
Co-chair: Weston Eaton
wesdrm@gmail.com
 
Population RIG
Chair: Brian Thiede
bthiede@lsu.edu
 
Co-Chair: Jessica Ulrich-Schad
jessicad.ulrich@gmail.com
 
Rural Gender Issues RIG
Chair: Jennifer Sherman
jennifer_sherman@wsu.edu
 
Co-chair: Teresa Sobieszczyk
teresa.sobieszczyk@mso.umt.edu
 
International Development RIG (New RIG)
Chair: John Green
Greenjj1@gmail.com
 
Co-Chair: Cornelia Flora
cflora@iastate.edu