Linda Lobao is a professor of rural sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. She also holds appointments as professor in the Departments of Sociology and Geography. She received her B.A. from Boston University and her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a past-president of the Rural Sociological Society. Professor Lobao’s research focuses on socioeconomic disparities across places and populations and the impact of economic sectors, including agriculture, on populations’ well-being. She is a recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society. Professor Lobao is a current co-editor of The Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among other sources. In her current NSF-funded research project, she is examining the impact of government employment and policy across U.S. communities.