Norman Uphoff is a professor in the Department of Government and the former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development. His work has focused on development administration, irrigation management, local participation, and strategies for broad-based rural development. His current development interests have expanded beyond the social sciences to include agro-ecology and particularly the system of rice intensification. His numerous publications include two books co-authored with Warren Ilchman, The Political Economy of Change (1969) and The Political Economy of Development (1972). Other books include Puzzles of Productivity in Public Organizations (1992), Local Institutional Development (1986), and Reasons for Success: Learning from Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (1997). His most recent book is an edited volume on Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil System (2006). He has served on USAID's Research Advisory Committee and the South Asia Committee of the U.S. Social Science Research Council, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and other agencies. Professor Uphoff teaches the CIPA core foundation course GOVT 6927: Planning and Management of Agricultural and Rural Development.
He received his M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1966, and his Ph.D. in political science, public administration, and development economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970.