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About Richard S. Krannich

Dr. Richard S. (Rick) Krannich is Emeritus Professor in the Sociology program. He joined the faculty after receiving a PhD in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and retired in 2018. Dr. Krannich's research focuses generally on the social implications of natural resource use, development and management, with a primary emphasis on resource and environmental issues affecting nonmetropolitan areas of the Intermountain West region of the United States. Currently he is engaged in research focusing on the implications of changes in resource-based economies for social organization and social well-being in western rural communities; responses of local communities to large-scale renewable energy developments; and the multidimensionality of environmental and natural resource beliefs and attitudes. He also conducts social science research in support of wildlife resource management efforts, and is currently involved in two-year project pertaining to fisheries management on behalf of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. His recent professional activities have included service as editor of the journal Society and Natural Resources, as President of the Rural Sociological Society, and as Executive Director of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources.


1980 - 2018 Emeritus Professor, Utah State University Sociology and Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Utah State University Outstanding Graduate Mentor, 2005
  • Excellence in Research Award, Rural Sociological Society, 2004
  • D. Wynne Thorne Research Award (University Researcher of the Year), Utah State University, 2000
  • Researcher of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Utah State University, 1985; 2000
  • Award of Merit, Natural Resources Research Group, Rural Sociological Society, 1993
  • Member of National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, Committee on Planning and Remediation of Irrigation-Induced Water Quality Problems, 1993-95


  • Urban Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Human Ecology
  • Sociology of Leisure
  • Rural Sociology
  • Multiple Graduate Courses in Sociology

Contact Information

Office Location: 216B
Phone:(435) 797-1241
Fax: (435) 797-1240