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Joseph Molnar

Joseph Molnar

Auburn University


Joseph J. Molnar is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. He received the Ph.D. in sociology in 1976 from Iowa State University. He served as Coordinator of the Office of International Agriculture for the College of Agriculture from 2007-15. Dr. Molnar was president of the International Rural Sociology Association from 1996-2000, and President of the Rural Sociological Society of North America in 2008-2009. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lectures and consults internationally. He has edited three books and authored more than 150 total publications, including more than 60 refereed journal articles. He has directed or co-directed over 20 graduate theses, including 6 Ph.D. students. He has been awarded over $2M in extramural contracts and grants. Currently, he leads an interdisciplinary team providing technical support to a USAID project in Cap Haitien, Haiti that focuses on increasing yields in a focal set of key food crops. In addition, he has worked with the USAID AquaFish Innovation Lab and its predecessor efforts for over 20 years. He leads a multi-institutional effort in Uganda and Kenya with co-investigator Claude Boyd in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Environments.

Research Interest

Social and economic implications of changes in agricultural production, Technology as a source of economic and social advancement in developing countries