Deborah Merrill-Sands

Phone: (603) 862-1983
Office: Dean's Office, Paul College Rm 310L, Durham, NH 03824
Deborah Merrill-Sands


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Cornell University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Cornell University
  • B.A., Anthropology, Hampshire College

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Development
  • Agricultural Planning/Policy
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Gender and race studies
  • Gender Equality
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational leadership and learning
  • Women and gender

Selected Publications

Holvino, E., Ferdman, B. M., & Merrill-Sands, D. (2004). Creating and sustaining diversity and inclusion in organizations: Strategies and approaches.. In M. Stockdale, & F. Crosby (Eds.), The psychology and management of workplace diversity (pp. 245-276). Blackwell Publishing.

Kolb, D., Fletcher, J. K., Merrill-Sands, D., Meyerson, D., & Ely, R. (2003). Making Change: A Framework for Promoting Gender Equity in Organizations. In R. Ely, E. Foldy, & M. Scully (Eds.), Reader in Gender, Work, and Organization (pp. 10-14). Blackwell.

Merrill-Sands, D., Merrill-Sands, D., Holvino, E., & Cumming, J. (2000). Working with diversity: a focus on global organizations. Boston, MA: Simmons College Graduate School of Management. Retrieved from

Merrill-Sands, D., Fletcher, J., Acosta, A., Andrews, N., & Harvey, M. (1999). Engendering organizational change: A case study of strengthening gender-equity and organizational effectiveness in an international agricultural research institute. In A. Rao, R. Stuart, & D. Kelleher (Eds.), Gender at work: Organizational change for equality (pp. 77-128). Kumarian Press, Inc. West Hartford, CT.

Kolb, D. M., & Merrill-Sands, D. (1999). Waiting for outcomes: Anchoring a dual agenda for change to cultural assumptions. Women in Management Review, 14, 194-203.

Merrill-Sands, D. M., Biggs, S. D., Bingen, R. J., Ewell, P. T., McAllister, J. L., & Poats, S. V. (1991). Institutional considerations in strengthening on-farm client-oriented research in National Agricultural Research Systems: Lessons from a nine-country study. Experimental Agriculture, 27, 343-373.

Merrill-Sands, D., Kaimowitz, D., & others. (1990). The technology triangle: linking farmers, technology transfer agents, and agricultural researchers. Summary report of an international workshop held at ISNAR, The Hague, 20-25 November 1989..

Ewell, P. T., & Merrill-Sands, D. (1987). Milpa in Yucatán: a long-fallow maize system and its alternatives in the Maya peasant economy. In Unknown Book (pp. 95-129).

MERRILL SANDS, D. E. B. O. R. A. H. (1986). THE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS GAP: OVERCOMING CONTRAINTS TO SMALL-FARM DEVELOPMENT. Rome, Italy: United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. Retrieved from

Merrill Sands, D. (1986). Farming systems research: clarification of terms and concepts. Experimental Agriculture, 22, 87-104.

Merrill-Sands, D., Holvino, E., & Cummings, J. (n.d.). Working with Diversity: A Framework for Action. Washington, D.C.: Consultative Group for INternational Agricultural Research, World Bank. Retrieved from