Rural America

Rural America

At Carsey, interdisciplinary teams conduct research on changing rural communities with special attention to how environmental stewardship, local energy production, and cultural development can revitalize these communities and the families in them. Carsey researchers develop valuable tools and build knowledge to help a wide variety of stakeholders--from development practitioners to policy makers and the media--understand how different rural areas experience social and economic change. Raising awareness and understanding about conditions in rural America is the first step to building constituencies and policies that will push for needed rural reform.

A key component of Carsey’s rural America work involves purposeful collaboration between university researchers and community development practitioners to improve understanding of the factors involved in successful development interventions and the ingredients needed to take them to scale. 

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Bruce L. Mallory

Bruce L. Mallory

Interim Director

Anita Brown-Graham

Anita Brown-Graham

Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

Jessica Carson

Jessica Carson

Vulnerable Families Research Scientist

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook

GIS Technician

Mil Duncan

Mil Duncan

Research Director, AGree

Curt Grimm

Curt Grimm

Deputy Director

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton

Professor, Department of Sociology

Joel Hartter

Joel Hartter

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Leif Jensen

Leif Jensen

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University

Kenneth M. Johnson

Kenneth M. Johnson

Senior Demographer

Daniel T. Lichter

Daniel T. Lichter

Director of the Cornell Population Center and the Ferris Family Professor in the Departments of Policy Analysis & Management and Sociology at Cornell University

Beth Mattingly

Beth Mattingly

Director of Research on Vulnerable Families

Rogelio Saenz

Rogelio Saenz

Dean, College of Public Policy, University of Texas at San Antonio

Thomas Safford

Thomas Safford

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith

Family Demographer

Ann Tickamyer

Ann Tickamyer

Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University

Sally Ward

Sally Ward

Professor, Department of Sociology

Barbara Wauchope

Barbara Wauchope

Director of Evaluation