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Shannon Monnat of Syracuse University - February 2018

Shannon Monnat of Syracuse University has been mentioned in the New York Times article How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis.

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Joseph Jakubek and Spencer D. Wood of Kansas State University have recently published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - January 2018

In this article, the authors discuss W.E.B. Du Bois' contributions to rural sociology, focusing specifically on his discussions of rural communities and the structure of agriculture.  The authors frame his research agenda as an emancipatory empiricism and discuss the ways his rural research is primarily focused on social justice and the social progress of Black communities in rural spaces.  Du Bois' empirical research, funded by the Department of Labor from 1898 to 1905, provides evidence that Du Bois was among the first American Sociologists to conduct empirical agrarian analyses and case studies of rural communities.

Emancipatory Empiricism: The Rural Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois


David Sonnenfeld of State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Alessandro Bonanno of Sam Houston State University, and Steven A. Wolf of Cornell University have recently published books  - December 11th, 2017

Water Crises and Governance Reinventing Collaborative Institutions in an Era of Uncertainty by David Sonnenfield
Resistance to the Neoliberal Agri-Food Regime: A Critical Analysis: New York: Routledge by Alessandro Bonanno and Steven A. Wolf.
The Legitimation Crisis of Neoliberalism. New York Palgrave-Macmillan by Alessandro Bonanno


Shoshanah Inwood, University of Vermont - November 23rd, 2017

In The Washington Post A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

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Olaf Larson

RSS member Olaf Larson in the Cornell Chronicle article At 107 years old, Olaf Larson keeps longevity a ‘secret’. Olaf was RSS President in 1957-1958.  At 107 years old, he is the oldest past president of RSS.  In 1985, he was awarded the RSS Distinguished Rural Sociologist and in 2010 the RSS Graduate Student Paper Award was re-named in his honor. 

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Shannon Monnat, Syracuse University - August 21, 2017

Shannon Monnat's research on deaths of despair and the election was cited in this AP story.  Shannon worked with this journalist to identify locations her team should visit.

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Lisa Pruitt, University of California Davis & Jennifer Sherman, Washington State University - July 21st, 2017

In The Washington Post Disabled and Disdained

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Kristi Fondren - June 13, 2017

RSS member Kristi Fondren, Marshall University recently published a book with Rutgers University Press, Walking on the Wild Side: Long-Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail (2016).  Her research was recognized in October 2016 by the National Recreation and Park Association and received the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research.  

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Lawrence Busch

Q&A with Lawrence Busch, author of a new book on the neoliberal takeover of higher education.

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Lisa Pruitt, University of California Davis - May 26th, 2017

In The Wall Street Journal Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’

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Lawrence Busch

A new philosophy of higher education has taken hold in institutions around the world. Its supporters disavow the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and argue that the only knowledge worth pursuing is that with more or less immediate market value. Every other kind of learning is downgraded, its budget cut. In Knowledge for Sale, Lawrence Busch challenges this market-driven approach.

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Julie Keller, University of Rhode Island - March 6, 2017

On Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel's Dairy farms fear Trump's immigration policies

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Robert Zabawa and Conner Bailey

Robert Zabawa (Tuskegee University) and Conner Bailey (Auburn University) have been invited to present their research on heir property during a workshop on that topic being organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the USDA Forest Service.  The workshop will be held on June 15, 2017.  Zabawa and Bailey's work is being funded by a grant from the USDA.

Shoshanah Inwood, University of Vermont - February 21, 2017

On NPR's "the salt" Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

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Lisa Pruitt, University of California Davis - December 26, 2016 

On NPR's Morning Edition Lawyer Shortage In Some Rural Areas Reaches Epic Proportions

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Shannon Monnat, The Pennsylvania State University - December 17, 2016

On NPR's Morning Edition Saturday Communities Most Affected By Opioid Epidemic Also Voted For Trump

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