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Douglas Jackson-Smith


Old Main 216H
(435) 797-0582

Douglas Jackson-Smith, (Ph.D University of Wisconsin).  Professor. Dr. Jackson-Smith joined the faculty at Utah State University in the summer of 2001. He has recently served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Sociology Program at USU. He received his BS degree (Rural Sociology) at Cornell University, and his MS (Sociology), MA (Agricultural Economics), and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His principal teaching and research interests include the sociology of agriculture, natural resources and the environment, rural community studies, human dimensions of water systems, and applied research methods. He is also interested in international development, social studies of science and technology, and political and economic sociology.

Currently he is engaged in research focusing on the social, cultural and institutional drivers of environmental behaviors, interdisciplinary studies of coupled human-natural systems, and dynamics of economic and technological change in agriculture and their effects on farm families, rural communities, and the environment. He is also developing methods to track the spatial patterns of rural and agricultural land use changes to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of exurban land use planning in the Intermountain West.  

He was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, but spent 20 years living and working in California, Indonesia, New York, Nepal, and Wisconsin before coming ‘home' to be closer to his extended family and a grander and more open landscape. He and his wife (Mary), and three daughters (Amy, Emma and Rose) live in Richmond, Utah, where they have a small farm with sheep, chickens, barn cats, bunnies, a dog, and goldfish.

Before coming to USU, he served as Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also was Co-Director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies (a research and extension unit of the College of Agriculture) which examined the impacts of technological change and public policies on farm families in Wisconsin (see

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