Cornelia Butler Flora, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University
Research Professor, Kansas State University
Cornelia Butler Flora, PhD Cornell University, is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University and Research Professor, Kansas State University. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and past president of the Rural Sociological Society, the Community Development Society, and the Society for Food, Agriculture and Human Values, she has taught, done research, and worked with research and development programs across the US, Latin America, and parts of Africa and Asia. She has served on the Board of Winrock, International and as President of the Board of the Northwest Area Foundation. She recently completed her fourth award teaching and conducting research with Jan Flora at the University of Cordoba in Spain. The sixth edition of their book, Rural Communities: Legacy and Change will be published by Westview Press next December. Her current research through Kansas State University includes analysis of farmers, communities and value chains in producing jet fuel from oil seeds. She is also doing research on farmer workers entrepreneurial activities and sustainable intensification for small farmers.
- Bachelor of Arts in sociology, University of California, Berkeley
- Masters of Science in rural sociology, Cornell University
- PhD in development sociology, Cornell University
Cornelia and her husband of 50 years, Jan, have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.
You can learn more about Dr. Flora at http://www.soc.iastate.edu/staff/cflora.html