Research to be presented at upcoming annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society

July 27, 2016
Image credit:  Rural Sociological Society
Income inequality, rural food insecurity and demographic change are just a few of the topics that will be presented at the upcoming Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Understanding rural social class in an era of global challenge is the theme of this year’s annual meeting.
 
The conference brings together rural sociologists, social scientists, historians, economists and others to learn, network and become engaged in rural research. 
Ohio State is well represented at this year’s meeting with several presentations scheduled.  Papers to be presented by or sessions organized by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty and graduate students include:
 
  • Academic Leadership: A Panel Discussion of the Challenges & Opportunities - Organized by: Jeff Sharp, The Ohio State University 
  • Amish population and settlement growth - Joseph Donnermeyer, The Ohio State University and Cory Anderson, Truman State University (Cory is an alumnus of the School of Environment and Natural Resources)
  • Reviving the demographic study of the Amish - Corey J. Colyer, West Virginia University; Elizabeth Cooksey, The Ohio State University; Samson Wasao, Independent Researcher;  Rachel E. Stein, West Virginia University; Joseph Donnermeyer, The Ohio State University
  • Coal mining, the gas/oil industry and income inequality: The United States and Appalachia 1990-2010 - Linda Lobao, The Ohio State University; Mark Partridge, The Ohio State University; Michael Betz, The Ohio State University; Minyu Zhou, Discover Financial Services
  • Exploring social outputs in agro-ecological research - Matthew R. Porter, The Ohio State University
  • RIG Plenary: How the RSS Addresses Social Class in 60 Minutes - Moderators: Leif Jensen, The Pennsylvania State University; David Grusky, Stanford University; Linda Lobao, The Ohio State University
  • Inequality in farmworker wages: race, space, and legal status - Jazz Glastra, The Ohio State University
  • Urban bane and rural boon: Internet diffusion and newspaper resilience - Nicholas Garcia, The Ohio State University
  • Revitalizing communities with gardens: Is it always rosy? - Thelma I. Velez, The Ohio State University; Marisol Becerra, The Ohio State University; and Kerry Ard, The Ohio State University
  • Food policy councils in North America: Structures, survival, and success - Laura A. DiGiulio, The Ohio State University  and Jeff Sharp, The Ohio State University
  • “Extra! Extra! Rural newspapers were bought out!": The selling of 300 newspapers and its implications for communities - Nicholas Garcia, The Ohio State University and  Evelyn Ebert, Ohio University
School of Environment and Natural Resources alumni will also be in attendance and participating in the meeting, including:
  • Anjel Stough-Hunter (PhD, 2011), an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Ohio Dominican University
  • Rebecca Som Castellano (PhD, 2013), an Assistant Professor  of Sociology, Boise State University
  • Cory Anderson (PhD, 2014), an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Geography, Truman State University
The 2017 annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society will be held in Columbus, Ohio.  Kristi Lekies, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will be serving as co-chair of the program for the 2017 annual meeting with Mary Hendrickson, assistant professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri. Lekies currently serves on the Council for the Rural Sociological Society and is Chair of the Publications Committee.