RIGs

What are Research and Interest Groups? Research and Interest Groups (RIGs) reflect the substantive interests of RSS Members and serve as an important avenue for connecting members with similar interests.  RIGs serve a critical role in RSS including: identifying, developing, and recruiting for the annual RSS conference; planning special events, speakers, field trips for the annual conference; providing intellectual leadership in their respective areas; rewarding achievement through internal awards and recognitions; and creating opportunities for members, particularly graduate students, to network and identify colleagues with similar interests. 

RSS currently has 14 RIGs. To find out more about each RSS Research and Interest Group (RIG) simply click on the title below or contact the leader of the RIG. If you are interested in proposing a new RIG and know at least 6 RSS members who share your interests, contact the current Vice President with your idea.  Lisa Pruitt is the 2018 VP and her e-mail address is [email protected].  The incoming 2019 VP is Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Click on the RIG's title for more information.  Click here for information about RIG dues. Click here for information on the RIG Manual. 

Applied and Extension
Co-Chair: Michael Lotspeich
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Co-Chair:Sunday Ogunjimi
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Community, Health, and Family

Co-Chair: Karen Hayden
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Co-Chair: Karl Jicha
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Co-Chair: Michael Cope
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Youth, Education, and Rural Vitality
Co-Chair: Erin Whiting
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Co-Chair: Annelise Hagedorn
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Co-Chair: Donghui Wang
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Natural Resources
Chair: Amanda Buday
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Co-Chair: Catrin Edgeley
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Student Rep: Mary Sketch
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Population
Chair: Tim Slack
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Co-Chair: Scott Sanders
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Gender and Sexualities RIG
Co-Chair: Emily Wornell
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Co-Chair: Rayna Sage
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Student Rep: Mayra Morgan

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International Development & Studies
Chair: Anne Cafer
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Co-Chair: Rachel Haggard
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Rural Policy
Chair: Stephanie Teixeira Poit
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Co-Chair: Xue Zhang

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Rural Poverty
Chair: Bob Francis
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Chair-elect: Cassandra Hawkins
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Rural Studies
Co-Chair: Karl Galloway
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Co-chair: Paige Kelly
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Rural Race and Ethnicity
Chair: Araceli Gonzalez Flores
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Co-chair: Kevin Alejandrez 
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Senior Rural Sociologists
Chair: J.I. (Hans) Bakker
[email protected]

Sociology of Agriculture and Food (SAFRIG)
Chair: Ethan Schoolman
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Chair-Elect: Florence Becot
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Teaching and Curriculum 
Chair: Jessica Crowe
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Co-Chair: Amanda Buday
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