Professor and Vice President



Dr. Swanson presently is the Vice President for Engagement and Director of CSU Extension. He is a Professor of Sociology. He obtained his bachelor's degree in political science at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, his master's of technology in international development from North Carolina State University and his doctorate in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State University. He was a Professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Sociology before joining CSU in 1997. He has served as Professor and Chair of the CSU Sociology Department and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has spent the majority of his career focused on public policy associated with the sociology of agriculture and rural community studies. A past president of the Rural Sociological Society, he maintains an active interest in policy issues associated with agriculture and rural development and community change. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and has co-authored/edited six books on rural communities in the United States. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia (1972-1974), as a Resident Fellow at Resources for the Future (1989), and in 2009 was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University.