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.  John Green is the 2019-2020 VP and his e-mail address is [email protected]

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: Keia Jones
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Co-Chair: Stephanie Teixeira-Poit
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Community, Health, and Family

Co-Chair: Karl Jicha
Co-Chair: Jorden Jackson
Co-Chair: KC (Kimberly) Vick
Co-Chair: Anh Ly Minh


Youth, Education, and Rural Vitality
Co-Chair: Julia Miller
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Co-Chair: Carolyn Reyes
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Natural Resources

Chair: John (Jack) Zinda
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Co-Chair: Tom Mueller
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Student Rep: Emma Chiaroni
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Population
Chair: Matt Brooks 
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Gender and Sexualities
Chair: Jean Bohaczek
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Student Rep: Hazel Valasco Palacios 
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International Development & Studies
Chair: Anne Cafer
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Rural Policy
Chair: Shoshanah Inwood
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Chair-Elect: Jihyun Shin

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Rural Poverty
Chair: Cassandra Hawkins
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Rural Studies
Co-chair: Paige Kelly
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Co-Chair: Nick Garcia
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Rural Race and Ethnicity

Chair: Mayra Puente
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Co-chair: Mayra Nunez Martinez
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The Elders
Interim Chair: Doug Constance
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Sociology of Agriculture and Food (SAFRIG)
Co-chair: Michaela Hoffelmeyer
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Co-chair: Andrew Smolski
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Chair-Elect: Kelli Jackson Russell
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Teaching and Curriculum 
Co-chair: Anadil Iftekhar 
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Co-chair: Sarah Walton
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