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Rebecca Schewe

Rebecca Schewe

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426 Eggers Hall

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Rebecca Schewe

Associate Professor, Sociology Department


Summer 2023

Not teaching

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011


Rebecca Schewe is an associate professor of sociology and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. She received a Ph.D. in sociology and a master's in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After completing a postdoc at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station, she was an assistant professor at Mississippi State University for three years before joining the faculty here at Syracuse University.

Becky's 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.


Environmental and natural resource sociology

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Stakeholder Report on "Vietnamese-American Fishers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama: Results of a Face-to-Face Survey on Communication and Trust with Fisheries Management Agencies of the Gulf Coast."

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.


Peer Reviewed Books

"Condos in the Woods: the growth of seasonal and retirement homes in Northern Wisconsin." R. Schewe, D.R. Field, D. Frosch, G. Clendenning and D. Jensen, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press (2012).

Peer Reviewed Articles

“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? Contingent labor, Nonfamily Labor, and Immigrant Labor on U.S. Dairy Farms." Schewe, R. and White, B.* 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." Schewe, R. and Stuart, D., Rural Sociology , (2016). DOI: 10.1111/ruso.12122.

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

Letting Go of ‘Conventionalisation’: Family Labour on New Zealand Organic Dairy Farms.” Schewe, R., Sociologia Ruralis, Vol.  55, No. 1 (2015), pp. 85-105.

Amenity Migration in the New Global Economy: Current Issues and Research Priorities.” Lekies, K., Matarrita-Cascante, D., Schewe, R., and Winkler R.,
Society and Natural Resources, Vol. 28, No. 10 (2015), pp. 1144-1151.

Diversity in Agricultural Technology Adoption: How are Automatic Milking Systems Used and to What End?" Schewe, R. and Stuart, D. Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 32, No. 2 (2015), pp. 199-213.

Herd management and social variables associated with bulk tank somatic cell counts in dairy herds in the Eastern United States.” Schewe, R., Kayitsinga, J., Contreras, G.A., Odom, C.*, Coats, W.A.*, Durst, P., Hovingh, E.P., Martinez, R.O., Mobley, R., Moore, S. and Erskine, R.J., Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 98, No. 11 (2015), pp. 7650-7665

Reducing nitrogen fertilizer application as a climate change mitigation strategy: Understanding farmer decision making and potential barriers to change in the US.” Stuart, D. Schewe, R. and McDermott, M.*,  Land Use Policy, Vol. 36, No. 1 (2014), pp. 210-218.