Cynthia ‘Mil’ Duncan

Research Director, AGree



Mil Duncan is currently the research director for AGree and fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Widely recognized for her research on rural poverty and changing rural communities, Mil is a sociologist who taught at the University of New Hampshire for twelve years. In 2000 she became director of the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit. At the Ford Foundation, she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth and environmental fields. In 2004 she returned to UNH to be founding director of the Carsey Institute, which is now the Carsey School of Public Policy. In 2011, she became research director with AGree, an initiative to develop new food and agricultural policies.

Mil received her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in sociology and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She is the author of “Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America.”

Mil lives in New Castle.