Ben Amsden

Ben AmsdenBen Amsden
Director, Center for Rural Partnerships; Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Heritage Studies and Historic Preservation

Phone: (603) 535-3274


Ben Amsden is the partnerships and grants coordinator for Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnerships. He is a rural sociologist with expertise in community and economic development, place attachment, the sustainability of natural resource-based recreation and tourism, and volunteer stewardship.

In addition to providing outreach, project development, and project management assistance for PSU faculty and external partners, Amsden has taught courses in rural sociology, outdoor recreation, historic preservation, and the rural cultural environment.  He has published in journals such as The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research and The Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies.

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, Rural Sociology, Penn State University
  • MS, Park, Recreation, and Tourism Resources, Michigan State University
  • BS, Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology

Research Interests
  • Place attachment
  • Sustainability of natural resource-based recreation and tourism development
  • Efficacy of volunteer stewardship programs in natural resource contexts

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