Cynthia Mildred Duncan, Director of The Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire

Poverty, Opportunity, and Place

“Worlds Apart: The Role of Politics, Class, and Culture in Shaping Opportunity in Poor Rural Communities”

Tuesday, March 11, 4 pm, Ingraham 206

“Place Matters: A Review of Poverty and Development Challenges in Amenity Rich Areas, Declining Resource Dependent Areas and Chronically Poor Regions”

Wednesday, March 12, 4 pm, Ingraham 206

Public Seminar

Thursday, March 13, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Institute for Research on Poverty and the Global Studies Program

Cynthia “Mil” Duncan returned to the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2004 as founding director of the Carsey Institute. Widely recognized for her research on rural poverty and changing rural communities, Duncan was a sociologist at UNH for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000. At the Ford Foundation she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth, and environmental fields. Duncan was the associate director of the Rural Economic Policy Program at the Aspen Institute prior to her former work at the University.

In 1999, Duncan published Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America, which received the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best book in Community and Urban Sociology. Duncan is the author of numerous book chapters and refereed articles. She received her PhD from the University of Kentucky in sociology and is a recipient of the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award. Duncan has a BA from Stanford University.

O’Connor, Alice (2000). “Poverty Research and Policy for the Post-Welfare Era” in Annual Review of Sociology 26: 547-62.
Duncan, Cynthia M. Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America. Yale University Press: New Haven, 1999, pp.187-221.
Sampson, Robert J. and Jeffrey D. Morenoff, “Double Inequality: Spatial Dynamics, Social Processes and the Persistence of Poverty in Chicago Neighborhoods” in Samuel Bowles, Steven Durlauf and Karla Hoff (eds) Poverty Traps. Russell Sage Foundation: New Y
Berube, Alan. (2006) “Overcoming Barriers to Moblility: The Role of Place in the United States and UK” in Going Places, IPPR, p. 12-28.