Associate Professor, Sociology
Rebecca Schewe is an Associate Professor of
Sociology and a Senior Research Associate at 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.
Works Here? Non-family Labor and Immigrant Labor on U.S. Dairy Farms." R. Schewe and B. White, Social Currents
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.
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:
“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.
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, May 2018 - April 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/USDA, April 2018 - April 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/USDA, September 2014 – January 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 Atmospherica Administration (NOAA), September 2015-August
Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Award, Mississippi State University.