Professor - Director of Graduate Studies for Sociology
Dr. Richard S. (Rick) Krannich is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Sociology program. He joined the faculty after receiving a PhD in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 1980. 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.