photoConner Bailey

Professor Emeritus


Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

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Ph.D., Development Sociology — Cornell University
M.A., International Affairs, Southeast Asian Studies — Ohio University
B.S., History — Southern Oregon College

professional experience

2015 – present Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology, Auburn University
1994 – 2015 Professor of Rural Sociology, Auburn University
1988 – 1994 Associate Professor, Auburn University
1985 – 1988 Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2009 – 2010 Adjunct Professor, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
1998 – 2002 Adjunct Professor, Norwegian College of Fisheries, University of Tromsø, Norway
1983 – 1985 Research Fellow, Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1979-82 Research Fellow, International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management

honors and awards

2013 Creative Research & Scholarship Award, Auburn University
2012 Dean’s Grantsmanship Award, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
2011 President, Rural Sociological Society
2006-10 Award for Distinguished Service to Louisiana as member of the Science Board, Louisiana Coastal Assessment Program
2008 Distinguished Diversity Research Award, Auburn University
2007 Excellence in Research Award, Rural Sociological Society
2007 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. College of Agriculture, Auburn University
2005 Excellence in Research Award, Southern Rural Sociological Association

professional affiliations

Rural Sociological Society
Southern Rural Sociological Association
International Association for Society and Natural Resources

Research activities

Sociology of natural resources and the environment, with work ranging from forestry in the South to aquaculture and marine fisheries in the tropics, including hazardous waste management, environmental justice. Work also on issues of race and poverty in the South, with current work on (1) concentration and absentee ownership of timberland and (2) the effect of heir property and clouded title as an obstacle to rural development in the South.

select publications

  • Bailey, Conner. 2015. Transgenic Salmon: Science, Politics, and Flawed Policy. Society & Natural Resources 28(11):1249-1260.
  • Bailey, Conner, Leif Jensen, and Elizabeth Ransom (editors). 2014. Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press. 705 p.
  • Bailey, Conner. 2013. Local Solutions to Inequality; Steps Towards Fostering a Progressive Social Movement. Rural Sociology 78(4):411-428. (Presidential address to the RSS.)
  • McSpirit, Stephanie, Lynne Faltraco, and Conner Bailey (editors). 2012. Confronting Ecological Crisis; University and Community Partnerships in Appalachia and the South. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 269 p.