Sandra Marquart-Pyatt


Sandra Marquart-Pyatt

  • Title: Professor and Graduate Program Director
  • Email:    Phone: 517-353-0745
  • Office: 461 Berkey Hall

Degree: The Ohio State University, 2004


I am a comparative researcher with substantive interests in environmental sociology, quantitative methodology, political sociology, and comparative social change. I specialize in the application of advanced quantitative techniques to pressing global social issues related to the environment and politics including environmental concern, sustainability, and democratic values. I joined Michigan State University (MSU) in 2009 and am jointly appointed in the Department of Sociology (SOC) and Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP). My substantive research examines social change comparatively and cross-nationally, and includes both macro-comparative and micro-level work. I seek to contribute to a deeper understanding of how and why macro-level and micro-level contextual factors shape the expression of environmental and political views and actions both across nations and over time. I examine these processes using quantitative methods such as structural equation modeling (SEM) and multilevel modeling, two approaches deeply rooted in sociology that specify latent constructs and allow the exploration of nested hierarchies, respectively. My substantive research program investigates environmental and political processes across gradients from the global to the individual in single countries as well as comparative context.

Associated Programs: Environmental Science and Policy Program; Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (KBS-LTER); Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen); Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC)
Research Areas: Environment
Selected Publications:

McCright, A., S. Marquart-Pyatt, R. Shwom, S. Brechin, and S. Allen. 2016. "Ideology, Capitalism, and Climate: Explaining Public Views about Climate Change in the United States." Energy Research and Social Science doi:10.1016/j.erss.2016.08.003.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2016. “Environmental Trust: A Cross-Region & Cross-Country Study.” Society and Natural Resources 29(9): 1032-1048. DOI:10.1080/08941920.2016.1164265

McCright, A., R. Dunlap, and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2016. “Political Ideology and Climate Change Views in the European Union.” Environmental Politics 25(2): 338-358.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2016. “Environmental Sustainability: The Ecological Footprint in West Africa.” Human Ecology Review 22(1), 73-92.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2015. “Public Opinion about the Environment: Testing Measurement Equivalence Across Nations.” International Journal of Sociology 45(4), 309-326.

Marquart-Pyatt, S., A. Jorgenson, and L. Hamilton. 2015. “Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change.” Chapter 12 in Climate Change and Society, co-edited by Riley E. Dunlap and Robert Brulle. New York: Oxford University Press.

Petrzelka, P. and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2015. “Perceived Powerlessness and Monument Designation: Impacts on Trust.” Society and Natural Resources 28(12), 1261-1277. DOI:10.1080/08941920.2015.1024807

Stuart, D., B. Basso, S. Marquart-Pyatt, A. Reimer, G.P. Robertson, and J. Zhao. 2015. “A Coupled Human-Natural Systems Understanding of Agricultural Nitrogen Loss.” BioScience 65(6):571-578.

Clements, J., A. McCright, T. Dietz, and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2015. “A Behavioural Measure of Environmental Decision-Making for Social Surveys.” Environmental Sociology 1(1): 27-37.

Braden, J., D. Brown, D. Maidment, and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2015. “Populating the Water World: Exploring Data Aspirations of Water Experts.” Society and Natural Resources 28(4):439-451.

Marquart-Pyatt, S., A. McCright, T. Dietz, and R. Dunlap. 2014. “Politics Eclipses Climate Extremes for Climate Change Perceptions.” Global Environmental Change 29:246-257.

Petrzelka, P. and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2013. “With the stroke of a pen: Designation of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and The Impact on Trust.” Human Ecology 41(2):285-297.

Schmitt Olabisi, L., S. Blythe, A. Ligmann-Zielinska, and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2013. “Modeling as a Tool for Cross-Disciplinary Communication in Solving Environmental Problems.” Chapter 13 in Enhancing Communication and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research, edited by M. O’Rourke. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2012. “Contextual Influences on Environmental Concern Cross- Nationally: A Multilevel Investigation.” Social Science Research 41(5): 1085-99.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2012. “Environmental Concerns in Cross-National Context: How Do Publics in Central and Eastern Europe Compare with Other Regions of the World?” Czech Sociological Review 48(3):441-466.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2012. “Explaining Environmental Activism across Countries.” Society and Natural Resources 25(7): 683-699.

Petrzelka, P. and S. Marquart-Pyatt. 2011. “Land Tenure in the US: Gender, Power, and Consequences for Conservation.” Agriculture and Human Values 28(4): 549-560.

Marquart-Pyatt, S., R. Shwom**, T. Dietz, R. Dunlap, S. Kaplowitz, A. McCright, and S. Zahran. 2011. “Understanding Public Opinion on Climate Change: A Call for Research”. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 53(4):38-42.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2008. “Are There Similar Influences on Environmental Concern?: Comparing Industrialized Countries.” Social Science Quarterly 89(5): 1-24.

Marquart-Pyatt, S. 2007. “Concern for the Environment among General Publics: A Cross- National Study.” Society and Natural Resources 20(10):883-898.

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