Julie N. Zimmerman

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  • Professor, Rural Sociology
  • Appalachian Center
  • Sociology
707 Garrigus Building, College of Agriculture Food and Environment, Community and Leadership Development
(859) 257-7583
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Ph.D. Cornell University


My Research has both an academic and an applied focus.  An important part of my research has been on early rural sociology and its relationship to American sociology and in the USDA.  In particular, my interests focus on how knowledge is socially constructed and historically situated.  The applied side of my work is with Cooperative Extension where I focus on publicly available secondary data and enhancing skills in using data in real time for local decision making.  My Extension program, Kentucky: By The Numbers includes resources for accessing and using online secondary data, web access to resources and commonly used data, skill based training, and custom data analysis and direct assistance.


Selected Books:

Zimmerman, Julie N. in progress. A Century of Scholarship and Service: 100 Years of Rural and Development Sociology at Cornell. Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University.

Zimmerman, Julie N. and Olaf F. Larson. 2010. Opening Hidden Windows onto Hidden Lives: Women, Country Life, and Early Rural Sociological Research. Rural Sociological Society Rural Studies Series. Penn State University Press. Nominated for Distinguished Scholarly Publication, History of Sociology Section, American Sociological Association.


Selected Chapters:

Zimmerman, Julie N. 2015. "I Could Tell Stories 'til the Cows Come Home: Individual Biography meets Collective Biography." in J. I. (Hans) Bakker (ed.) Rural Sociologists at Work: Candid Accounts of Theory, Methods, and Practice. Routledge.


Selected Articles:

Zimmerman, Julie N. 2013. "An Unexpected Legacy: Women, Early Rural Sociological Research, and the Limits of Linearity." Journal of Rural Social Sciences 28(3):32-59.

Zimmerman, Julie N. 2010. "Mediated Knowledge: Re-Examining Six Classic Community Studies from a Woman's Point of View." Rural Sociology 76(2):141-166.

Zimmerman, Julie N. 2008. "Voices from the Past, Lessons for the Future: Learning from the History of Sociology in Government." Equal Opportunities International (Now: Equality Diversity and Inclusion - An International Journal) 27(2):132-147.

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