Wendy Wolford

Wendy Wolford, Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell, will join the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) as associate director of economic development on July 1.  

Wolford Appointed as ACSF Associate Director

February 25, 2012

Wendy Wolford

Wendy Wolford, Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell, will join the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) as associate director of economic development on July 1. She will replace Chris Barrett, Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and Professor of Economics, at the end of his four-year term. The Atkinson Center’s three associate directors lead ACSF’s tightly linked programs in energy, environment, and economic development.

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Wolford’s research interests include the political economy of development, social movements and resistance, agrarian societies, political ecology, land use, land reform, and critical ethnography, all with a regional concentration in Latin America, particularly Brazil. She is the author of a 2010 book on Brazil’s Movement of Rural Landless Workers, This Land is Ours Now: Social Mobilization and the Meanings of Land in Brazil.Wolford came to Cornell in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was an associate professor in the Department of Geography. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley. Wolford is currently working with fellow researchers interested in land and agrarian development on the Cornell Indicator of Agrarian Development, a major multidisciplinary tool for assessing rural development launched with support from ACSF’s Academic Venture Fund.

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Wolford's research interests include agrarian societies, land use, and land reform

“With the appointment of Wendy as associate director, the Center will be positioned to build on Cornell’s many successes improving human well-being in the United States and around the world,” ACSF director Frank DiSalvo remarked. “Wendy’s research makes her particularly suited to take on this important role spearheading ACSF’s economic development initiatives. I am delighted that she will be part of our leadership team.”