Sandy Rikoon has a lot on his proverbial plate. His work is hard to pigeonhole, except to say that, in general, it’s grounded in concern over both people and the environment. Since his academic discipline in rural sociology lives “at the intersection of basic and applied research,” it is the pursuit of “seamless connections” between his research, teaching, and outreach activities that drives Rikoon’s work.
Rikoon fondly recalls when the Missouri Hunger Atlas project began. Eventually, he formed an interdisciplinary team, garnered the help of a host of undergraduate students, and did a systematic assessment of hunger in the state.