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Nathan Laselle Whetten

Nathan Laselle Whetten, Mexican sociologist, dean.


  • Whetten, Nathan Laselle was born on July 20, 1900 in Colonia Garcia, Chihuahua, Mexico, (American parentage). Son of John Thomas and Agnes Belzora (Savage) Whetten.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Brigham Young U., Provo, Utah, 1926, Master of Arts, 1928. Doctor of Philosophy., Harvard, 1932. Student University of Minnesota, 1929-1930.


    • Instructor Spanish and sociology, Brigham Young University, 1926-1929. Instructor sociology, University of Minnesota, 1929-1930. Assistant and tutor in sociology, Harvard, 1931-1932.

      Assistant professor, University of Connecticut, 1932-1935, associate professor, 1935-1938. Professor, from 1938. Dean Graduate School since 1940, head of department of rural sociology, 1946-1956, sociological research in W. Canada for Canadian Pioneer Problems Committee, summer, 1930.

      Visiting professor Yale, 1950-1951. State Supervisor rural research, Federal Emergency Relief Administration Connecticut, 1933-1936. Senior agricultural economist & leader, Division Farm Population and Rural Welfare, United States Department of Agriculture Berkeley, California, 1939.

      Rural sociologist of the American Embassy in Mexico, 1942-1945. Research C.A., 1945; Guggenheim fellowship Guatemala, 1952-1953.


    • Author: Studies of Suburbanization in Connecticut, 1936-1939. Rural Families on Relief (with Creative Commons Zimmerman), 1938. Rural Mexico, 1948
    • Guatemala: The Land and the People, 1961.

      Also research bulletins on rural sociology of Connecticut. Articles for professional journals.


    Member of the United States delegation to Third Inter-American Conference on Agriculture, Caracas, Venezuela, July 1945. Member Executive Committee Council Graduate Schools United States, 1962-1965. Fellow Social Science Research Council, Harvard, 1930-1931.

    Fellow American Sociological Association. Member American (Executive Committee 1949-1952), Rural (president 1953-1954), Eastern (president 1950-1951), sociological societies, Conference Academy Arts and Sciences, New England Conference on Graduate Education (president 1949-1950, 56-57), National Planning Association (member of national council, 1954). Sociedad Mexicana de Geografia y Estadistica.

    Sociological Research Association, Population Association of America, Institut International de Sociologie, Association for Latin-American Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta.


    • Married Theora Lucile Johnson, September 2, 1926. Children: Nathan Rey, John Theodore.
    • father: John Thomas Whetten
    • mother: Agnes Belzora (Savage) Whetten
    • spouse: Theora Lucile Johnson
    • children: Nathan Rey Whetten
    • John Theodore Whetten
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    Born July 20, 1900
    Died June 25, 1984
    (aged 83)