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AcademicsGraduate Programs

Civil Society & Community Research, PhD

With dynamic ideas, experiences, and research that enhances our department’s distinctive and exceptional qualities, graduate students are the heart of Civil Society and Community Studies (CSCR).

Through interdisciplinary coursework and research in community settings—often in collaboration with community organizations or coalitions—students have opportunities to become participant-scholars in change processes, and learn human ecological theory and participatory and application-focused research methods in the process.

The CSCR graduate program is designed to train educators and scholars to be highly qualified for positions in research and teaching within universities, cooperative extension, community-based groups, foundations, and other nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies (CSCS) collaborates with communities, civil society organizations, and social movements to co-create a just and sustainable future for all.

Civil Society & Community Research Faculty

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    Matthew CalvertProfessor of Civil Society & Community Studies

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    Ben FisherAssociate Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

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    Carolee Dodge FrancisEcology of Human Well-Being (EcoWell) Professor | Department Chair and Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

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    Jennifer GaddisAssociate Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies | Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow-Graduate Teaching

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    Cynthia JasperVaughan Bascom Professor of Women and Philanthropy | Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

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    Kasey KeelerAssistant Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

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    Carolina S. SarmientoAssociate Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

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    Zoua M. VangMeta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor | Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies

CSCR Graduate Students