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Gary A. Goreham, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology 

Office: Minard Hall 428C4
Telephone: 701.231.7637


  • Ph.D., South Dakota State University, 1985
  • M.A., Bethel Theological Seminary, 1984
  • M.S., Western Washington University, 1976
  • B.S., South Dakota State University, 1975

Dr. Gary Goreham has been a member of the North Dakota State University faculty since 1986. His primary teaching responsibilities are research methods, social organization, sociology of religion, and community development.

Dr. Goreham's research interests include rural sociology, rural communities and churches, social and ethical impacts of agro-biotechnology, farm financial stress, sustainable agriculture, agricultural cooperatives, and rural poverty.  He is also the Director of the Rural Social Science Education program, Co-director of the Center for Rural Studies, Treasurer of the Rural Church Network for the U.S. and Canada, and co-editor of the Great Plains Sociologist.  

Dr. Goreham recently finished the Encyclopedia of Rural America, second edition.

Dr. Goreham is involved with the NDSU Natural Resource Management program  and is co-director of the NDSU Community Development minor. His research interests include community economic development issues and a wide range of voluntary organizations, including faith-based voluntary organizations active in disaster (VOADs).

Courses Taught:

  • Sociology 233, Sociology of Organizations and Work
  • Sociology 340, Social Research Methods
  • Sociology 341, Social Research Methods Lab
  • Sociology 404/604, Community Assessment
  • Sociology 406/605, Community Development
  • CED 711, Principles and Strategies of Community Development

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North Dakota State University
Sociology and Anthropology Department: +1 (701) 231-8657
Fax: +1 (701) 231-5118
Campus Address: Minard Hall 428, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address: Dept. 2350, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Site manager: Kate Ulmer

Last Updated: Thursday, August 06, 2015 10:16:10 AM