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Douglas Jackson-Smith

Douglas Jackson-Smith

Douglas Jackson-Smith

Professor and Assistant Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources (CFAES)


(330) 202-3540

134 Williams Hall
1680 Madison Avenue
Wooster, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Dairy, Livestock, and Wheat Technological Change
  • Reintegration of Crop and Livestock Systems
  • Diversification of Working Agricultural Landscapes


  • BS, Rural Sociology, Cornell University
  • MA, Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prior to joining OSU as part of the Discovery Themes Initiative in August 2016, Dr. Jackson-Smith was an Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning and Co-Director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then spent 15 years as a faculty member at Utah State University in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology. He received a BS in Rural Sociology from Cornell University, and an MA in Agricultural Economics and an MS and PhD in Sociology, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has helped lead several major USDA, NSF, and DOE inter-disciplinary science grants worth over $25 million with a focus on both rural/agricultural and urban landscapes.

Trained as a rural sociologist, his research has explored the dynamics of technological and structural change in the dairy, livestock, and wheat sectors. Dr. Jackson-Smith’s research integrates social science theory and mixed methods into interdisciplinary studies of food and agricultural issues, with a particular focus on implications of land management and land use change on water quality. He currently collaborates on several research projects exploring the potential for reintegration of crop and livestock systems and diversification of working agricultural landscapes.