Jack Kloppenburg

Professor Emeritus

Jack Kloppenburg focuses on social studies of science and technology and on environmental sociology. He explores the means by which those who “own” biological diversity in developing countries can claim ownership and maintain genetic “property rights” and systems of reward for the production, reproduction and maintenance of biological diversity. He specifically focuses on the problems of establishing rights to genetic information on behalf of peasant communities and indigenous peoples. In addition, he is undertaking a study to address the distinctions between “local/indigenous” and “scientific” knowledge production.

Professor Kloppenburg’s Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Cornell University
1985: Development Sociology, New York, USA

Master of Arts, Northwestern University
1976: Anthropology, Illinois, USA

Bachelor of Arts, Yale University
1974: Archaeology, Connecticut, USA

IES 112: Introduction to Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective

C&E Soc 222: Food, Culture, and Society

Leadership Positions

Committee for Responsible Technology
past Steering Committee member

Rural Sociological Society Program Committee

University of Wisconsin Center for Livestock in International Development
past Steering Committee member



American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Sociological Association

Rural Sociological Association

Society of Conservation Biology

Society for Economic Botany

Society for Social Studies of Science



Marine Fellow
1992: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment

Robert K. Merton Professional Award

MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security
1989: SSRC

Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award