Amy Guptill, Ph.D


(585) 395-5657
Office: Hartwell Hall 203 B
Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 2-3 pm and by appointment


  • PhD, Development Sociology, Cornell University
  • MS, Development Sociology, Cornell University
  • BA magna cum laude, Sociology, University of Vermont

Areas of Specialty

  • Food systems
  • Community and rural development

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology of Food
  • Sociology of Disaster
  • Environmental Sociology
  • The Food System (MALS program)
  • Sustainability (MALS program)
  • Delta Orientation (Delta College)
  • Society & Culture (Delta College)
  • Global Development (Delta College)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar: Technology & Society (Delta College)

Research Interests

I study agriculture and food systems and the role of food in social change. I am fascinated by questions about the ways, both subtle and dramatic, that food systems shape our lives and our environments. I collect data on phenomena like online local food marketing and the social and spatial relationships that make up food value chains. I also enjoy bringing insights from food studies to broader audiences by writing textbooks for college students and playing advisory or governance roles in multiple organizations working to change the food system for a more just and sustainable future.