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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. A specialist in environmental sociology and the study of social conflict and change, his courses engage with issues of sustainability and equity in food systems, businesses, and social movement communities.
Professor Haedicke is the author of Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market (Stanford University Press, 2016), a book which analyzes the relationship between social activism and business activities in the United States organic foods sector. The book received an honorable mention in the 2017 Best Book Award competition at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting. He 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 perspective.
Professor Haedicke is now working on a research project that examines coastal land management in southeastern Louisiana, which is discussed in a forthcoming publication in Case Studies in the Environment. This study aims to understand the political coalitions that support Louisiana’s current efforts to reduce coastal erosion and to sustain wetlands in the context of a changing climate and rising sea levels. It will provide insights into strategies for large-scale adaptation to the risks that global warming poses for coastal communities. In 2016, Professor Haedicke received a highly competitive American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grant to expand this research through interviews with key stakeholders in the region.
Professor Haedicke is a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS), and served as the editor of the MSS newsletter The Midwest Sociologist between 2011 and 2016. He has also served as a manuscript and book reviewer for a variety of scholarly journals. Currently, he serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Sociology.