Jan Flora is Professor Emeritus at Iowa State and Research Professor of Sociology at Kansas State University. He was Program Advisor for Agriculture and Rural Development for the Ford Foundation for Spanish-speaking South America. He held the Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota. His research analyzes the relationship of community capitals to community and sustainable development. He is a grassroots activist in A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS), focusing on immigration reform and affordable housing in Ames. He serves on the board of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He grew up on a farm in Kansas.