Dr. László J. Kulcsár is a Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography, and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at the Pennsylvania State University. His field of expertise is social demography, with a particular emphasis on migration, urbanization, aging and regional development. He does research on population dynamics and community development in rural areas, focusing on aging, depopulation, and natural resource use. Dr. Kulcsár also studies the social and demographic transformation of post-socialist Eastern Europe from a historical perspective. In addition, he currently serves as the editor of Rural Sociology. Dr. Kulcsár holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in development sociology (2005), and has written his dissertation on the legacy and policy effects on spatial development in Hungary and Bulgaria. His master's degrees are in sociology (ELTE, 1998) and in public administration studies (CPA, 1995), both from Hungary. Prior to his academic career he was a consultant on various EU rural development projects and has worked in the poll opinion industry in Hungary.

Research Interests

Population Dynamics; Community Development in Rural Areas; Aging; Depopulation; Natural Resource Use


  • Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University, 2005