Dr. Samuel C. Mindes

Dr. Samuel C. Mindes

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Mindes is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Rural Sociology and Extension Sociologist at Iowa State University in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and 2024 Fellow at the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. Prior to joining ISU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Idaho and an instructor in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University.


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  • Ph.D., Sociology, Michigan State University, 2019
  • M.A., Sociology, Michigan State University, 2015
  • B.A., Sociology, Calvin College, 2011

In his role as a researcher, Dr. Mindes is driven by a desire to examine inequalities in multiple contexts. His research activities engage with various subfields of sociology: migration studies, global sociology, population studies, community development, and economic sociology. His research aims to study systems of inequality at the individual, community, and societal levels. He currently has three overlapping branches of research: community resiliency, rural inequality, and immigrant entrepreneurship.

As an extension sociologist, Dr. Mindes's extension activities at Iowa State University relate to strengthening ISU extension programming, partnering with public entities and community organizations, and conducting applied research in Iowa.

As a teacher, Dr. Mindes enjoys teaching foundational sociology courses and topic courses related to racial and ethnic studies and community sociology. In his teaching, he utilized innovative pedagogy, technology, and active learning strategies to improve the learning experience for students.