Cynthia "Mil" Duncan is founding director of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, which she oversaw from 2004 to 2011. Currently, Mill is the research director at AGree, an initiative bringing together diverse interests to transform food and agricultural policy in the United States.
Widely recognized for her research on rural poverty and changing rural communities, Mil was a sociologist at UNH for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000. At the Ford Foundation, she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth, and environmental fields. Mil was the associate director of the Rural Economic Policy Program at the Aspen Institute prior to her former work at the university.
In 1999, Mil published Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America, which received the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best book in community and urban sociology. She is the author of numerous book chapters and refereed articles. She received a doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky in sociology and is a recipient of the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award. Duncan has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
- Read Mil’s chapter from the recent book, “Investing in What Works for America’s Communities”
- View Mil’s 2010 presentation, Demographic Trends and Challenges in Rural America
- Read a 2005 interview with Mil for PBS's Frontline: Country Boys: Why Poverty Persists in Appalachia
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