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Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Iowa State University

David J. Peters is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Extension Rural Sociologist at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies. Dr. Peters has published in top-tier journals in rural sociology, agricultural economics, and criminology. He has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (SCC and NRT), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (AFRI), and the National Institute of Justice. He teaches courses in rural sociology and applied statistics. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the U. of Nebraska. He has worked as a senior researcher for the Missouri Department of Economic Development; and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) at the U. of Missouri. He holds a B.S. cum laude from the U. of Minnesota; and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the U. of Missouri.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Iowa State University


  • 2006 
    University of Missouri, PhD Rural Sociology