Gene L. Theodori is professor of sociology at Sam Houston State University. He teaches, conducts basic and applied research, and writes scientific and popular articles on rural and community development issues, energy and natural resource concerns, and related topics. A central feature of his work involves the design, implementation, and analysis of survey research. The findings from his studies have been published in numerous journal articles, book chapters, research bulletins, and other professional reports. His many honors and awards include the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society. He has served as president of the Southern Rural Sociological Association, coeditor of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences, and treasurer of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources.