Ralph Brown

Brigham Young University


Ralph Brown

Ralph B. Brown, a professor of sociology and faculty coordinator for the international development minor at Brigham Young University, is also the executive director and treasurer of the Rural Sociological Society. Brown is a rural sociologist by training with expertise in rural, agricultural, and community development. He worked on two USAID projects upon completing his PhD, one in Kenya and another in Indonesia. For the past nine years he has led a BYU Study Abroad and Internship program in Thailand and for the past five years in Cambodia and Jordan. He speaks fluent Indonesian/Malay and is conversant in Thai and can get into trouble in Cambodian but not out. His research has centered on applied research and assessment, community satisfaction and attachment in rural communities, and on social change and rural development both in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Current research foci include the social and economic impacts of the emerging motorcycle-economies of Southeast Asia and declines in community and friendship attachments in “liquid modernity.” Brown received a BA and an MS in sociology from Utah State University and a PhD from the University of Missouri—Columbia.

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