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Southern Oregon University

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy


Ph.D.     Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2011
MS Environmental Science and Education, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 2004
BS Biology - Plant Ecology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 2001


Courses taught at SOU:

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies: Social Science
  • Environmental Applications: Case Study Research
  • Sustainability and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Sociology
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Social Problems and Policy: Food and Nutrition
  • Sociological Practice: Research Design and Writing
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • Community Studies: Community-Based Research
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Food, Power, and Agriculture


Research Interests:

  • Food System Design
  • Food Insecurity
  • Food Policy and Health
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Agro-ecology


Selected Publications and Presentations:

Dec. 2012          


"The Social and Spatial Dynamics of Community food Production." Landscape Ecology. Co-Writers: Greene, R., Silbernagel, J.M.



"Growing Your Own." Wisconsin Garden Journal: Celebrating Our Past, Cultivating Our Future.  University of Wisconsin Extension: Madison, WI.



"The Socioeconomic Value of Community Food Production: A Landscape Approach." (Presentation) United States Regional Association of the International Association for Lanscape Ecology. Portland, OR. Co-presenter: Silbernagel, J.M.



"Spatial Narratives of the St. Louis River Estuary: Connecting Science to Spatial Literacy and Stewardship." (Presentation) International Conference on Great Lake Research. Duluth, MN. Co-presenter: Silbernagel, J.M.



"Knowing You Make a Difference: Community Food Security Assessment and Evaluation." (Presentation) Community food Security Coalition National Conference. New Orleans, LA. Co-presenter: Behrens, A.



Environmental Belief Formation in Children: A Tool for Environmental Eduation. VDM Verlag Publisher. Berlin, Germany