Julie N. Zimmerman
Associate Professor

Community & Leadership Development
707 Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
Phone: 859-257-7583
Fax: 859-257-4354
jzimm@email.uky.edu         Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Julie N. Zimmerman's specialty areas focus on rural development, inequality, and applied demography. Her research includes the Rural Price Project which examines geographic differences in the cost of living using local prices for a commonly-used market basket of goods and services.  Specifically, the project examines the question: If a consumer made the same purchases in an urban and a rural area, would they encounter the same prices?  She is also working on an historical analysis examining the development of research on women in rural areas.  In addition to her research, Zimmerman's work in Extension focuses on applied demography.  For this, she provides socioeconomic and demographic analyses for Kentucky communities, data through the series "Kentucky: By the Numbers," and training on how to find and use data from the internet.

For her research, Dr. Zimmerman has received research grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Southern Rural Development Center, and the Joint Center for Poverty Research at Northwestern University.  Currently, she is a member of the executive committee for the UK Center for Poverty Research and the Consortium for Kentucky Kids Count.  She has also served as a member of the Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Welfare Reform Initiative, the National Rural Development Partnership’s Welfare Reform Task Force, the Kentucky Welfare Reform Assessment Project, and the Kentucky Family Self Sufficiency Project. 

Dr. Zimmerman is the author both Extension and refereed publications including several book chapters and articles in journals such as Sociological Spectrum, Community Development Journal, The Review of Regional Studies, and Agricultural History.  She has served as the guest editor for a special issue of the journal Southern Rural Sociology, and serves on the editorial advisory board for the journal Sociological Inquiry.  In addition, Professor Zimmerman is co-author of the book Sociology in Government: The Galpin-Taylor Years in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1919-1953 Published by Penn State Press and in cooperation with the American Sociological Association and the Rural Sociological Society, this book is part of the RSS Rural Studies Series.

Joining the faculty in 1997, Zimmerman holds a B.A. in sociology from Bemidji State University, an M.A. in sociology from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in development sociology from Cornell University.  She is a member of the graduate faculty in Sociology and has a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology.

Ag Ed Program Department of Community and Leadership Development