Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology Emerita at Iowa State University and Research Professor Kansas State University, served 15 years as Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, a twelve-state research and extension institute. Previously she was holder of the Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota, head of the Sociology Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University, and a program officer for Agriculture and Rural Development for the Andean Region and Southern Cone for the Ford Foundation, where she initiated women in development programming, She has taught in Spain, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. She is past president of the Rural Sociological Society, the Community Development Society, and the Society for Agriculture, Food and Human Her books include Interactions Between Agroecosystems, Rural Communities, Rural Communities: Legacy and Change (5 editions), Rural Policies for the 1990s, Sustainable Agriculture in Temperate Zones, and Pentecostalism in Colombia: Baptism by Fire and Spirit.. She has over four decades of work on indicators of development around the community capitals: natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, and built, both in the U.S. and in developing countries. Her current research addresses alternative, resilient strategies of community development and community-based natural resource management in the light of changing socio-technical regimes and climate change. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 and her M.S. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees are from Cornell University, where she received the 1994 Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Science. She was president of the Boards of Directors of the Henry A. Wallace Institute of Alternative Agriculture and on the boards of several organizations, CONDESAN (The Consortium for the Sustainable Development of Andean Ecoregion), the Midwest Assistance Program, the Northwest Area Foundation, Winrock International, and the National Community Forestry Center and the National Agricultural Research, Education and Economics Advisory Board of USDA.
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