Michael Haedicke

Research Interests

  • Food systems
  • Climate adaptation
  • Environmental justice

Mitchell Center Research


Mitchell Center Talk – October 16, 2017
The Politics of a Sustainable Coast: Money, Science, Democracy, and Climate in Southeastern Louisiana (Link to video)

Profile (May 2021)


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • B.A. in Sociology, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Courses Taught

  • SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 360 – Major Ideas in Sociology
  • SOC 290 – Research Methods in Sociology
  • SOC 340 – Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 340 – Food and Social Change


Michael earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. His primary research stream examines how concerns about sustainability and environmental justice become institutionalized in or excluded from markets and public policy arenas. He has also studied food system labor and health issues, with a particular focus on meatpacking and migrant farm workers.

Michael is the author of Organizing Organic, a book-length study of the organic foods industry published by Stanford University Press. His research has also appeared in the journals The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Focus, and Case Studies in the Environment, as well as in various edited volumes. A committed teacher, Michael is also passionate about sharing sociological perspectives with audiences beyond the classroom. He has written for The Conversation, a news website, and for Contexts, the general interest journal of the American Sociological Association, and regularly participates in community meetings and interviews with the media.

Selected Publications

Haedicke, Michael A. 2020. To Understand the Danger of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Plants, Look at the Industry’s History. The Conversation, May 6. https://theconversation.com/to-understand-the-danger-of-covid19-outbreaks-in-meatpacking-plants-look-at-the-industrys-history-137367

Haedicke, Michael A. 2020. How the Coronavirus Threatens the Seasonal Farmworkers at the Heart of the American Food Supply. The Conversation, April 3. https://theconversation.com/how-coronavirus-threatens-the-seasonalfarmworkers-at-the-heart-of-the-american-food-supply-135252

Haedicke, Michael A. 2019. Organic Label Doesn’t Guarantee That Holiday Ham Was a Happy Pig. The Conversation, December 19. https://theconversation.com/organic-label-doesnt-guarantee-that-holiday-hamwas-a-happy-pig-126410

Haedicke, Michael A. 2017. Institutionalizing Coastal Restoration in Louisiana After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: The Importance of Advocacy Coalitions and Claims-Making in Post-Disaster Policy Innovation. Case Studies in the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1525/cse.2017.000422.

Haedicke, Michael A. 2016. Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market.

Stanford: Stanford University Press. Honorable Mention, Midwest Sociological Society Best Book Competition.