I am Randall C. Hill Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Kansas State University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research, University of Adelaide, Australia.
My main interest is development, as a practice, a problem, and an ideal. I am especially interested in understanding the relations between people and the ecosphere in the context of globalization – the social processes integrating economies, polities, and cultures into an increasingly shared, but contested, space.
Most of my work is comparative and historical, investigating development processes across places and over time.
Through research, teaching, and outreach, I am exploring means of developing more regenerative, socially and ecologically resilient communities.
I am working on several projects that examine co-evolving relations between humans and ecosystems. This work focuses on the dynamic intersections of water, agriculture, and local social structures in the context of long-term, global social change.
Much of my other research focuses on international migration. This work investigates migration as both a cause and consequence of global political-economic dynamics.
My work has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.