Rural Sociology

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Edited By: Stephen G. Sapp, Iowa State University

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 33/143 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1549-0831

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Rural Sociology Best Paper Award

Linked and Situated: Grounded Knowledge

Professors Loka Ashwood, Noelle Harden, Michael Mayerfeld Bell, and William Bland are the recipients of the Rural Sociology best paper award for 2015 for their article Linked and Situated: Grounded Knowledge (Rural Sociology, 79.4). Wiley funds this award.

Loka Ashwood is an assistant professor at Auburn University in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Loka has worked on designing participatory solutions to water pollution and closing legal loopholes used by farmer-investors to sidestep democratic processes in the siting of large hog confinements. Loka’s currently co-editing a Special Issue in the Journal of Rural Studies on the rural as a dimension of environmental injustice. She’s coauthor with Michael M. Bell of the Fifth Edition of an Invitation to Environmental Sociology. Her forthcoming book, under contract with Yale University Press, documents the alternative politics of rural protest that affront conjoined corporate and state environmental injustices.

Noelle Harden is an Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. She holds degrees in Geography from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and practice is centered around food systems, health equity, and using collaborative, interdisciplinary networks to address complex challenges related to food and agriculture.

Michael Mayerfeld Bell is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology and Director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike is also an agroecologist, ethnographer, and social theorist. He is an author or editor of nine books, most recently An Invitation to Qualitative Fieldwork (Routledge, 2015), co-authored with Jason Orne. He is currently conducting participatory fieldwork among the amaQwathi people of South Africa, and completing a book on the history of the relationship between ideas of nature, faith, and community. Mike has a second life as a composer of classical and grassroots music, and as a mandolinist and guitarist. He currently performs with the award-winning “class-grass” band Graminy. Mike has six albums to his credit, and his compositions have been recorded by many other artists. You can learn more about Mike's work and passions at

William Bland is a Professor of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests include agroecology, soil physics, plant water use, irrigation, and agricultural weather information. He is also affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Agroecology program.

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