Rebecca Schewe

Associate Professor, Sociology


Rebecca Schewe is an Associate Professor of Sociology and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Her research focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Through interdisciplinary partnerships, her research examines how the major social institutions of the state, economy, and community structure our human interactions with ecosystems. After completing a postdoc at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station, Becky was an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University for three years before joining the faculty here at Syracuse University. Professor Schewe received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.

Select Publications

“Stewarding Dairy Herd Health and Antibiotic Use on U.S. Amish and Plain Mennonite Farms.” Schewe, R. and Brock, C. Journal of Rural Studies, (58) (2018), pp. 1-11.

“Who Works Here? Non-family Labor and Immigrant Labor on U.S. Dairy Farms." R. Schewe and B. White, Social Currents, 4(5) (2017), pp.429-447.

"Antimicrobial treatment of clinical mastitis in the Eastern United States: The influence of dairy farmers’ mastitis management and treatment behavior and attitudes." J. Kayitsinga, R. Schewe, G. Contreras, and R. Erskine, Journal of Dairy Science, No. 100 (2016), pp. 1-20. 

"Why don’t they just change? Contract Farming, Informational Influence, and Barriers to Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation." R. Schewe and D. Stuart, Rural Sociology (2016). DOI: 10.1111/ruso.12122. 

“Constrained Choice and Climate Change Mitigation in US Agriculture: Structural Barriers to a Climate Change Ethic." D. Stuart and R. Schewe, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 29, No. 3 (2016), pp. 369-385.  

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Research Grants and Awards

Co-Principal Investigator. Mixed Methods Grant Obtaining Operational Development (MMGOOD),” with Principal Investigator Jason Wiles. Funded by Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 2018-2020.

Co-Principal Investigator. Linking Human Behavior And Hydrological Processes Towards Improved Understanding Of Spatio-Temporal EC Prevalence Across Agroecosystems," with colleagues Christa Kelleher (Earth Sciences) and Teng Zeng (Civil and Environmental Engineering). Funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/United States Department of Agriculture. 2018-2021.

Co-Project Director.An Integrated Milk Quality Extension and Education Program to Reduce Mastitis, with Ron Erskine (Michigan State). Funded by Michigan State University/United States Department of Agriculture. 2014-2017.

Principal Investigator. “Communication Avenues for Vietnamese Fishing Communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama with Coastal Resources Agencies,” Funded by Mississippi State University/National Oceanic and Atmospherical Administration (NOAA). 2015-2017.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Award, Mississippi State University. 2013.