John Zinda

November 8, 2016

John Zinda

John Zinda, assistant professor, development sociology
Academic focus: environmental and development policy implementation, community affairs, rural livelihoods, land use, and environmental change, with a focus on China
Previous positions: postdoctoral research associate, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, 2013-16
Academic background: B.A., sociology, Vanderbilt University, 2003; certificate, Chinese studies, Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, 2005; M.S., natural resources (resource policy and behavior), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007; Ph.D., sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
Last books read: “A Short History of Tompkins County” by Jane M. Dieckmann and “How to Shit in the Woods” by Kathleen Meyer
In his own time: strumming guitars, cooking Chinese and other cuisines, coaxing vegetables out of East Hill clays, humoring my daughter’s whims
Current research project: I’m working with a landscape ecologist to understand how new cash crops, off-farm work, and a forest-planting initiative come together to influence livelihoods and land cover change in rural communities in southwestern China.
What most excites you about Cornell: After work and study at land grant and private research universities, it’s great to come to an institution that has the best of both, and greenery, too!