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Professor of Development Sociology, Emeritus, Cornell University

David L. Brown is International Professor of Development Sociology, Emeritus at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Brown is a social demographer whose research focuses on migration and population redistribution in the US and Europe with a particular focus on how migration affects and is affected by local community organization. His work also examines population ageing, the social organization of the urban-rural interface, the production and reproduction of social and economic inequalities between regions and rural vs. urban areas, and policies to ameliorate such inequalities. His recent books include: The International Handbook of Rural Studies (Routledge 2016) (co-edited with Mark Shucsmith), Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US (Routledge, 2012) (co-edited with Shucksmith, Shortall and others), Rural Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation (Polity, second edition 2018) (with Kai Schafft), Rural Retirement Migration (Springer, 2008) (with Nina Glasgow), Population Change and Rural Society (Springer, 2006) (co-edited with William Kandell). Among other recognition, he received the Distinguished Rural Sociologist award from the Rural Sociological Society; is past president of the Rural Sociological Society; is past chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Development; received the Chancellor’s Award for Sustained Professional Service from the State University of New York, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Rousse University in Bulgaria in 2007 recognizing his contributions to that university’s rural and regional development educational programs.


  • 2015–2020
    Professor, emeritus, Cornell University