Associate Professor of Sociology
Office Location: 135 Howard Hall
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Michael Haedicke joined the Department for the Study of Culture and Society in 2008, after receiving his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. His teaching engages with issues of environmental sustainability, social inequalities, and social change, and several of his regular courses are cross-listed with Drake University’s Environmental Science and Policy and Global and Comparative Public Health programs. In 2015, he taught a January term travel seminar, titled “Sustainability and Social Justice on the Gulf Coast,” which brought Drake students into dialogue with community and environmental activists in southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Earlier, in 2011, he participated in a faculty exchange with Nanjing University (China), where he taught a course about globalization and social inequality. Professor Haedicke also serves as a faculty mentor with Drake University’s Crew Scholars program.
Professor Haedicke’s published research concerns the intersection of social and environmental concerns with business activities in the U.S. food system. His book Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market (due out in 2016 from Stanford University Press), discusses the relationship between market-building and social activism in the American organic foods sector. Extending contemporary theory about institutional logics and organizational fields, the book shows how members of the sector engage with contradictory understandings of the nature and purpose of organic farming. While these cultural contradictions have sparked debates within the sector, the book also describes efforts to build compromises between different visions within organizations and at the level of policy. Professor Haedicke has also published articles and book chapters about immigration and social justice campaigns in the meatpacking industry, the evolution of the natural foods co-op movement, and (with Tim Hallett) the “inhabited institutions” research tradition.
Currently, Professor Haedicke is working on a new research project that examines coastal land management in southeastern Louisiana. In particular, he is trying to understand the state’s efforts to reduce coastal erosion and to sustain wetlands in the context of a changing climate and rising sea levels. This research promises to provide insights into the social and political challenges of large-scale adaptation to the risks that global warming poses for coastal communities.
Professor Haedicke is a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS), and he has served as the editor of the MSS newsletter The Midwest Sociologist since 2011. He has also served as a manuscript and book reviewer for a variety of scholarly journals.