Gerad Middendorf, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
204 Waters Hall -- Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS  66506-4003
tel. (785)532-4960;  fax: (785)532-6978




Research Interests

Middendorf's research interests are in the areas of rural and environmental studies, the sociology of agriculture and food, and international development.  His recent work has included a study of information needs of organic growers and retailers, and a study of agrarian landscape transition in eastern Kansas.  He has published a number of articles and chapters on the implications of agricultural biotechnologies and on agricultural science and technology policy.  He and colleagues recently publish The Fight Over Food, a book on current challenges to the global food system and the implications for agency and transformation (2008, Penn State Press).

New projects underway include work on the role of Latinos in agriculture in the Great Plains, and a large study of the impacts of biofuels development on rural communities in Kansas and Iowa.  For further information on current research, teaching and service activities, follow the corresponding links at the left.

Recent Publications (selected)


Wright, Wynne and Gerad Middendorf (eds.).  2007.  The Fight Over Food: Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

Middendorf, Gerad.  2007.  "Challenges and Information Needs of Organic Growers and Retailers." Journal of Extension 45(4).

Middendorf, Gerad, Derrick Cline and Leonard Bloomquist. (In Press). "Agrarian Landscape Transition in the Flint Hills of Kansas: Legacies and Resilience." In David Foster and Charles Redman(eds.), Agrarian Landscapes in Transition: A Cross-Scale Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

Middendorf, Gerad. 2006. "Explicaciones en Torno al Sistema Global Agro-alimentario." Colombian Journal of Sociology 27: 25-46.

Busch, Lawrence, Elizabeth Ransom, Tonya McKee, Gerad Middendorf and John Chesebro. 2006. "Paradoxes of Innovation: Standards and Technical Change in the Transformation of the US Soybean Industry." In R. James Bingen and Lawrence Busch (eds.), Agricultural Standards: The Shape of the Global Food and Fiber System. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 137-155.





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