Sociology and Population Change: How Demographics Affect Society

With 360,000 new babies born each day, untangling the globe’s vast web of people can seem, at first glance, a near-impossible task. But for Prof. Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, chair of development sociology and associate director of the Cornell Population Center, sorting through those ever-complicated population dynamics is just another day’s work.

Development Sociology Department Celebrates Centennial

In celebration of its 100 year anniversary, the Department of Development Sociology will welcome alumni back to the Hill this weekend for a two-day event. Housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, development sociology focuses on research and applied work in current political, economic, cultural and social change. The department has a graduate program, consisting of about 40 students, and an undergraduate major in which 128 students are enrolled. The celebration, set to take place Friday and Saturday, will revolve around the theme of “Looking Back to Move Forward.” Several alumni will speak on panels that concern both the past and future of development sociology. Prof. Julie Zimmerman ’97, rural sociology, University of Kentucky, who was tasked with writing a monograph to commemorate the occasion, will deliver the opening speech Friday, highlighting the department’s history.