John J. Green

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Director, SRDC & Professor

Southern Rural Development Center

Lloyd Ricks Watson

University of Missouri-Columbia


John J. Green is Director of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) and Professor in the Mississippi State University (MSU) Department of Agricultural Economics. The SRDC is one of four Regional Rural Development Centers in the U.S. working to build the capacity of Land Grant Universities to address critical development concerns. Before joining MSU, he served as Director of the Center for Population Studies and faculty in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi as well as in several capacities at Delta State University through the Center for Community and Economic Development and the Division of Social Sciences and History. John received his BA in Political Science and MS in Sociology from Mississippi State University, followed by his PhD in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His areas of interest include rural and regional socioeconomic development, population change, agrifood systems, and health systems. He has authored numerous publications, served as Editor of the journal Community Development and the Journal of Rural Social Sciences. John is an active member of the Delta Directions Consortium and has served in numerous leadership positions with the Southern Rural Sociological Association, Rural Sociological Society, and International Rural Sociology Association. Furthermore, John was Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census and Program Scholar with the Mississippi Humanities Council and Museum on Main Street Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America.