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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

W. Richard Goe


Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Rural Sociology, Ohio State University, 1988
M.A., Sociology, Marshall University, 1981
B.A., Sociology, Marshall University, 1979

Research and Teaching Interests:  Rural, Urban & Regional Development, Research Methodology, Quantitative Methodology

Dr. W. Richard Goe is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University. His fields of expertise are community sociology, rural sociology and research methods and applied statistics.  He does research on the implications of economic change for rural and urban communities and regions, the implications of information technology for agriculture and the food system, the implications of biofuels development and academic entrepreneurship. He teaches courses on research methods, quantitative methods, and urban sociology and currently serves as the coordinator of the sociology program. Dr Goe holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in rural sociology (1988), and wrote a dissertation on the implications of information technology for the U.S. agricultural system.  His master's degree and bachelor’s degrees are in sociology from Marshall University. Prior to his appointment at K-State, he worked in the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Akron and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University in a post-doctoral capacity.