Matthew Houser


Matthew Houser

  • Email:    Phone: 814-883-1872
  • Year Started: 2013
  • Office: Room 466

At the core of my research interests is a fascination with inaction. Throughout my work, I ask the question: What social and biophysical processes constrain humans' capacity to adopt pro-environmental behavior? I primarily examine this question within the context of Midwestern farmers, applying core sociological concepts in these studies. My intention in this effort is to contribute a sociological perspective to the environmental science and natural resources literature and to bring topics traditionally explored by this literature, like agriculture, closer to the center of sociology's and environmental sociology's purview.

Research Areas: Environment
Selected Publications:

Houser, M., D. Stuart and M. Carolan (2017) Is Seeing Believing? Applying a Realist Framework to Examine Agriculture and Climate Change. Environmental Sociology. doi: 10.1080/23251042.2017.1335380

Houser, M. (2016) Who Framed Climate Change? Identifying the How and Why of Iowa Corn Farmers' Framing of Climate Change. Sociologia Ruralis. doi:10.1111/soru.12136

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