Michael Haedicke

Michael Haedicke, PhD, Associate Professor
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 201A
Orono, ME 04469-5728
Phone: 207.581.2383
207.581.1762 (Fax)

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Michael Haedicke earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of California, San Diego and his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His research focuses on the contested governance of environmental resources and food systems and on societal responses to emerging environmental hazards, including climate change. In his book Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market (Stanford University Press, 2016), Dr. Haedicke investigated how cultural beliefs and social movement campaigns shaped the organic foods industry in the United States. His current research project examines the politics of coastal restoration in southern Louisiana, analyzing how environmental and social factors are influencing the state’s restoration agenda. Separately, Dr. Haedicke is studying how stakeholders in Maine interpret risks and responsibilities related to PFAS contamination and exposure, with the goal of contributing to state-level policy development that targets this important environmental concern. At UMaine, Dr. Haedicke teaches courses about sociological theory and research methods, environmental sociology, and the sociology of food and agriculture. He is a Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and a member of the Mitchell Center’s Materials Management Research Group and serves as campus liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture of the Middle working group.