Portrait of Professor John Sipple in front of the facade of the Human Ecology Building
Aug 24, 2020
Sarah Louise Schupp
In Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

John Sipple is a professor of global development and serves as the director of graduate studies for both development sociology and the education minor field. He joined the CIPA Faculty Advisor Board this summer.


“Professor Sipple joined the Department of Development Sociology in the summer of 2011 after 13 years in Cornell's Department of Education. Now in Global Development, he has focused his research interests on the responses of public school districts and communities to changes in state and federal policy. Central to his work are issues of community and organizational change and how they relate to fiscal, demographic, and learning opportunities for students across racial, socioeconomic, and geographic lines. He studies and has directly served rural communities across New York State and he has conducted projects and research directly for the New York State Education Department. He teaches courses on the organizational, social, and political contexts of community vitality and the U.S. educational system.”


“Specifically, Professor Sipple studies the linkages between the $600 Billion/year K-12 educational system and the vitality of communities. This includes problems and policies related to equity in state assessment, early care and PreK, demographic change, and recently the intersection of school-based health clinics and broader community well-being. Sipple leads an effort to put data in the hands of local decision-makers via easy-to-use data tools. He provides a link between the Rural Schools Association and Cornell University.”


  • 1997, Ph.D. (Education), University of Michigan

  • 1992, M.Ed., University of Virginia

  • 1988, B.A. (Religion), Dartmouth College

To learn more about Sipple’s research, extension work, and teaching visit his Department of Global Development faculty profile. 

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