Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Cynthia M. Duncan, AGree

Chronically poor rural areas, mostly in the South and on reservations, have much in common with inner-city neighborhoods.

Cynthia “Mil” Duncan is research director of AGree. From 2004-2011 she was professor of sociology and founding director of the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute, an interdisciplinary research center focused on vulnerable families and sustainable development in rural America. From 2000-2004 she served as the Ford Foundation’s director of community and resource development; from 1989-2000 she was a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Duncan wrote Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America (Yale University Press 1999), which won the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award, numerous articles on poverty and development, and edited Rural Poverty in America. She serves on several regional and national boards related to poverty and development. Mil Duncan received her BA in English from Stanford University, and her MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky.

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