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 recognize and respond to environmental issues and environmental change? I primarily examine this question within the context of Midwestern farmers, developing and/or 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 and the biophysical environment, closer to the center of sociology's and environmental sociology's purview.

Research Areas: Environment
Selected Publications:

Stuart, Diana & Matthew Houser (In Press). Producing compliant polluters: seed companies and nitrogen fertilizer application in US corn agriculture. Rural Sociology

Stuart, Diana, Riva Denny, Matthew Houser, Adam Reimer & Sandra Marquart-Pyatt (2018). ‚Ä™Farmers’ selection of sources of information for nitrogen management in the US Midwest: implications for environmental programs. Land-Use Policy 70, 289-297

Houser, Matthew, Diana Stuart & Michael Carolan (2017). Is seeing believing? Applying a realist framework to examine agriculture and climate change. Environmental Sociology 3(4), 321-336

Houser, Matthew (2016). Who framed climate change? Identifying the how and why of Iowa corn farmers’ framing of climate change. Sociologia Ruralis

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