Keiko Tanaka, President of the Rural Sociological Society

Dr. Keiko Tanaka, Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Rural Sociology in Community, Leadership, and Development in the College of Agriculture, has just finished her term as the 81st President of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS). RSS is the national professional society for scholars of rural life, communities, and the environment. Dr. Kanaka is the 15th president with ties to the University of Kentucky and the 8th person to serve as RSS president while a faculty member at UK. This is one of the highest numbers from any one institution in RSS history.

2018 RSS Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon
Outgoing President Doug Jackson-Smith handing the gavel to incoming President Keiko Tanaka


2019 RSS Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia
President Keiko Tanaka giving her Presidential Address