Amy Guptill, PhD
- (585) 395-5657
Office: 203B Hartwell Hall
- PhD, Development Sociology, Cornell University
- MS, Development Sociology, Cornell University
- BA magna cum laude, Sociology, University of Vermont
Areas of Specialization
- Food systems
- Community and rural development
- Introduction to Sociology
- Social Statistics
- Sociology of Food
- Community and Social Change
- Development and Globalization
- Delta Orientation (Delta College)
- Society & Culture (Delta College)
- Global Development (Delta College)
- Interdisciplinary Seminar: Technology & Society (Delta College)
I want to understand why alternative food production and marketing projects succeed or fail and the impacts they have on the people and areas they serve. Recent projects have focused on the organic dairy industry, cooperative agricultural marketing, and sustainable agriculture efforts in Puerto Rico. My current project focuses on organizations using online technologies to sell locally produced foods and other agricultural products. How do these projects operate? And how do they fit with other local marketing systems, such as farmers’ markets, farm-subscription systems (CSAs), and cooperative food stores? I conduct qualitative research on how these projects work and use computerized mapping programs (GIS) to understand more about where they emerge and succeed.
Grants and Awards
United University Professions Individual Development Awardfor “A comparative study of local food cooperatives (LFCs) and online farmers’ markets,” 2009.
The College at Brockport, Scholarly Incentive Grant for “A comparative study of local food cooperatives (LFCs) and online farmers’ markets,” 2009.
New York State United University Professions, Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Grant for “Can the organic dairy industry revitalize the rural Northeast?”, 2007.
United University Professions Individual Development Awardfor “Can the organic dairy industry revitalize the rural Northeast?”, 2006.
The College at Brockport, Scholarly Incentive Grant for “Farmer to farmer: How does access to organic feed affect the viability of organic dairies in upstate NY?”, 2006.
The College at Brockport, Scholarly Incentive Grant for “Alternative Agriculture in Post-Development Puerto Rico,” 2005.