Cornelia Butler Flora is Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Iowa State University and research professor at Kansas State University. Her Ph.D. is from Cornell University, specializing in the sociology of development and population studies.
She served as director of the Population Research Laboratory at Kansas State University, chair of the Technical Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program, head of the Department of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. She served as member of the board of directors of Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion and Winrock International and served as past president of the Rural Sociological Society, the Community Development Society, and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. She has been consultant for international organizations and foundations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States and Canada.
Her primary research interests are the intersections of human communities and agro-ecosystems and sustainable intensification in the context of climate change, with an emphasis on gender. She has taught courses and done research on rural development in Spain (as a Fulbright Professor) and Uruguay (including periods as a Fulbright Professor) as well as Argentina and Peru.
Ph.D. in Development Sociology, Cornell University, 1970
M.S. in Rural Sociology, Cornell University, 1966
B.A. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1965