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Amy Guptill

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

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology of Food
  • Community and Social Change
  • Development and Globalization
  • Sociology of Disaster
  • Delta Orientation (Delta College)
  • Society & Culture (Delta College)
  • Global Development (Delta College)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar: Technology & Society (Delta College)

Current Research

I study agriculture and food systems and the role of food in social change. I am fascinated by questions about the ways, both subtle and dramatic, that food systems shape our lives and our environments. I collect data on phenomena like online local food marketing and the social and spatial relationships that make up food value chains. I also enjoy bringing insights from food studies to broader audiences by writing textbooks for college students and playing advisory or governance roles in multiple organizations working to change the food system for a more just and sustainable future.

Grants and Awards

  • Excellence in Instruction Award from the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, 2017.
  • SUNY Brockport, Scholarly Incentive Grant for “Canning Connections: Food Processing in the Erie Canal Corridor and the Emergence of the Industrial System, 2017.
  • United University Professions Individual Development Awardfor A comparative study of local food cooperatives (LFCs) and online farmers’ markets,” 2009.
  • SUNY 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.


Last Updated 4/19/22