Rebecca Schewe

Assistant Professor, Sociology


Rebecca Schewe is an Assistant 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.

Select Publications

“Framing from the Pulpit: A Content Analysis of American Conservative Evangelical Protestant Sermon Rhetoric Discussing LGBT Couples and Marriage." E. Stokes and R. Schewe, Journal of Communication and Religion (Forthcoming).

“Who Works Here? Non-family Labor and Immigrant Labor on U.S. Dairy Farms." R. Schewe and B. White, Social Currents (Forthcoming).

"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.  

More Publications

Research Grants and Awards

“An Integrated Milk Quality Extension and Education Program to Reduce Mastitis,” Michigan State University/USDA. September 2014 – January 2017.

“Communication Avenues for Vietnamese Fishing Communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama with Coastal Resources Agencies,” Mississippi State University/National Oceanic and Atmospherica Administration (NOAA). September 2015-August 2017.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Award, Mississippi State University.

“Linking Human Behavior And Hydrological Processes Towards Improved Understanding Of Spatio-Temporal EC Prevalence Across Agroecosystems," National Institute of Food and Agriculture/USDA.