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Nathan Laselle Whetten

sociologist , dean.

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.


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.

John Thomas Whetten

Agnes Belzora (Savage) Whetten

Theora Lucile Johnson

Nathan Rey Whetten

John Theodore Whetten