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Affiliates of the Center for Rural Studies

Michael W-P Fortunato, Ph.D. Director

Cheryl L. Hudec, M.A. Associate Director

Youth development, health, community development

Gene L. Theodori, Ph.D. Founder

Community; Natural Resources and Environmental Sociology;Rural Sociology

Sarah Beach, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Fellow


Environmental Sociology; Sociology of Agriculture and Food; Urban and Civic Agriculture; Political Sociology; Social Inequality

Alessandro Bonanno, Ph.D.


Agriculture; Farming; Food Production and Concentration; Farm and Rural Labor; Global Food Networks

Jin Young Choi, Ph.D.


Health/Health Care Disparities; Immigrant and Minority Health; Community Health; Health Policy; and Research Methodology and Statistics  

Victoria Constance, Ph.D.



Furjen Deng, Ph.D.


Cancer Disparities in the Asian American Community; Quality of Life Among Cancer Patients; Program Evaluation; Community-Based Participatory Research

Karen Douglas, Ph.D.


Water; Water Resources

Colter Ellis, Ph.D.; Research Associate


Social Psychology; Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods; Gender; Environmental Sociology

Ann Theodori, Ph.D.



Clayton Wukich, Ph.D.


Emergency and Disaster Management; State and Local Government; Energy and Environmental Policy

Aiman Kuzmar, Ph.D.

Transportation Engineering, Safety in Transportation Systems, Engineer and Engineering Technology Education, Construction Management and Construction Safety

Art Wolfskill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Agribusiness


Small Business Finance; Agribusiness Decisionmaking; Alternative Energy for Farmers

William Crockford, Ph.D.


Low Volume Roads, Drainage, General Aviation Airports, 3-D Solid Modeling and Stress Analysis, Manufacturing, Patents

Faruk Yildiz, Ph.D.


Renewable Energy and STEM Education in K-12 Schools

Stacy Ulbig, Ph.D.


Public Opinion Polling; Focus Group Research; Constituent Attitudes and Behavior Related to Local Government; Program Evaluation

James Crosby, Ph.D., LSSP


Rural Education and Psychological Service Delivery; Bullying/Peer Victimization



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