Daniel Tobin is a rural sociologist whose research focuses on how small- and medium-scale farmers respond to external influences like market forces, policy mechanisms, and environmental changes. Particular interests include sociology of agriculture, development sociology, political economy of agricultural development, crop diversity conservation, and seed systems. Tobin currently has projects in Peru, Mexico, Vermont, and Uganda. In the classroom, Tobin also focuses on topics of rural and agricultural development, teaching large introductory lectures, graduate courses, and a travel course to Peru through which students partner with a local NGO and contribute to ongoing research with small-scale farmers in the highlands.
- Reynolds, T.W., Tobin, D., Otieno, G., Guo, J., & McCracken, A.C. (2020). Gendered preferences in crop selection and use in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Journal of Agriculture, Food Security, and Community Development, 9(4).
- Kolodinsky, J., & Tobin, D. (2020). Teaching about Diversity and Racism in Food Systems: An Example for Agricultural Economics and Related Departments. Applied Economics Teaching Resources, 2(6).
- Tobin, D., & Glenna, L. (2019). Value chain development and the agrarian question: Actor perspectives on native potato production in the highlands of Peru. Rural Sociology, 84(3), 541-568.
- Tobin, D., Jones, K., & Thiede, B.C. (2019). Does crop diversity at the village level influence child nutrition security? Evidence from 11 Sub-Saharan African countries. Population and Environment, 41(2), 74-97.
- Jones, K., & Tobin, D. (2018). Reciprocity, redistribution and relational values: Organizing and motivating sustainable agriculture. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 35, 69-74.
- Tobin, D., Bates, R., Brennan, M., & Gill, T. (2018). Peru potato potential: Value chain development and biodiversity conservation, 33(1) 19-32.
Associations and Affiliations
- Gund Institute for the Environment
- Food Systems
- Rural Sociology
- Agriculture and Human Values
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
agricultural development, food systems, development sociology, rural sociology
- Ph.D., Penn State
- M.S., Penn State
- B.A., Bowdoin College
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- CDAE 002: World Food, Population, and Sustainable Development
- CDAE 004: US Food, Social Equity, and Development
- CDAE 171: Community and International Economic Transformation
- CDAE 326: Community Economic Development