Amanda McMillan Lequieu

PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vitae

PDF of CV, updated August 2017

Departments of Sociology
and Community and Environmental Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison WI 53706

ammcmillan[at]wisc.edu.     http://www.amandamcmillanlequieu.com


EDUCATION

In process        PhD     Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, expected graduation May 2018.

2013              M.S.     Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2008              B.A.     Politics and Environmental Studies, Messiah College, Pennsylvania.


PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journals

2017     McMillan Lequieu, A. ““We made the choice to stick it out”: Negotiating a stable home in the rural, American Rust Belt.” Journal of Rural Studies 53.

2015     McMillan Lequieu, A. “Keeping the farm in the family name: Patrimonial narratives and negotiations among German-heritage farmers,” March 2015, Rural Sociology 80(1).

Book Reviews

2017     McMillan Lequieu, A. In the Blood: Understanding America’s Farm Families, by Robert Wuthnow, (Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ), Journal of American Studies 51(2).

Forthcoming

2018     McMillan Lequieu, A. and M. M. Bell. “Power, politics and rurality.” In Routledge Companion to Rural Planning. Eds. Mark Scott, Nick Gallent and Menelaos Gkartzios (Editors). Routledge: NY.


AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

External

2017     Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement, Section for Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, ASA.

2017     Paper awards for ““We made the choice to stick it out”: Negotiating a stable home in the rural, American Rust Belt”:

  • P. K. New Award Winner, Society for Applied Anthropology. $3,000.
  • Olsen Student Paper Award, American Sociological Society’s Environment and Technology Section.
  • Larson Graduate Student Paper Award, Rural Sociological Society.
  • Wimberley Student Paper Competition, Rural Sociological Society’s Community, Health, and Family Research Interest Group.

2016     Rural Sociology Society Dissertation Award. $2,500.

2015     Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Alternate.

2012     National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention.

2007     Marshall Scholarship finalist.

2007     Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholar, $5,000.

Internal

2017     Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertation Completion Fellowship. $6,500.

2016     Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $24,810.

2016     Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment mini-grant, 2016. $4,000.

2015     University Fellowship, Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $19,710.

2015     Crowe Fund Dissertation Award, Community and Environmental Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $2,000.

2015     Center for Culture, History, and Environment Summer Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $1,980.

2015     Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies Summer Research Grantee, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $850.

2014     Crowe Fund Graduate Student Conference Grantee, Community and Environmental Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $700.

2013     Center for Culture, History, and Environment Summer Research Grantee, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $2500.

2012     Sewell Summer Research Grantee, Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $1500.

2011     University Fellowship, Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. $18,500.

2010     Messiah College Young Alumnus of the Year.


PRESENTATIONS

Invited talks

2018     “From paternalism to precarity: Economic change, neoliberal narratives, and natural futurities in post-industrial America.” The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies, Paris, France.

2017     ““We made the choice to stick it out”: Negotiating a stable home in the rural, American Rust Belt.”  Society of Applied Anthropology meeting, Santa Fe, NM.

2016     “From Paternalism to Precarity: Living the Decline in the (Aspirational) Middle Class,” Money, Markets, and Governance Workshop, University of Chicago.

2016     “Globalization through the lens of environmental sociology,” Wheaton College, in Sociology capstone course.

2015     “Agricultural commodity chains,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, in People, Land, and Food (GEOG 309).

2014     “Globalization and agricultural commodities,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Environmental Sociology (CES 248), and InterAg 165.

Conference activity

2017     “From paternalism to precarity: Living the end of the blue-collar, middle class,” American Sociological Society meetings, Montreal, Canada.

2017     ““We made the choice to stick it out”: Negotiating a stable home in the rural, American Rust Belt.” Rural Sociological Society, Columbus, OH.

2017     “From Paternalism to Precarity: Living the Decline in the (Aspirational) Middle Class,” Chicago Ethnography Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL.

2016     “Globalized rock: A century of local negotiations of a (formerly) extractive landscape.” Social Science History Association meetings, Chicago, IL.

2016     “New forms of remote: rural and urban isolation in post-industrial America.” XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology, hosted by the International Rural Sociological Association, Toronto, CA.

2016     “A deindustrialized home? Rural experiences of home without its ‘raison d’etre.’” XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology, hosted by the International Rural Sociological Association, Toronto, CA.

2015     “Lived experiences of land tenure: law, culture, and social organization.” Rural Sociology Society annual meeting, Madison, WI.

2014     “Cultural Narrative and Negotiations: Prairie Patrimony, thirty years later.” American Sociological Association, Rural Sociology Section, San Francisco, CA.

2014     “Losing place: Experiencing a sense of “home” in the face of internal displacement.” American Sociological Association Community and Urban Sociology Section round table, San Francisco, CA.

2013     “Ghosts of Farmers Past: Narrative and the graying of agriculture.” Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Departmental talks
2017     “Spatial comparisons in the Rust Belt.” Weekly Colloquium, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2017     “Class change in rural and urban post-industrialism.”  Sociology of Economic Change and Development workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2017     “‘Are we even on the map?’: Rural and urban experiences of connection and disconnection in the American Rustbelt.” Center for Culture, History, and Environment graduate student conference workshop paper, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2016     “Stabilizing landscapes: Negotiating narratives of a (former) company town.” Center for Culture, History, and Environment graduate student conference workshop paper, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2014     “A Place for Home: War, Identity, and Rural Recuperation.” The Center for Culture, History, and Environment graduate student conference, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2013     “Motivation or Justification: Decision-making among Midwestern German-heritage farmers.” Presented at the Culture, History, and Environment graduate student symposium, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017     Instructor of record, University of Chicago. ENST 23610, “Eating a global environment: Critical perspectives of agrofood systems.”

2017     Directed Study Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Sociology 699, “Rustbelt Research Assistantship.”

2016     Award for Teaching Excellence in the Departments of Sociology and Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2015     Co-Instructor. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sociology 901, graduate-level seminar, “Cultural Sociology.”

2015     Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sociology 210, Writing Intensive Course: “Survey of Sociology.”

2014     Teaching Assistant. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Community and Environmental Sociology 230, “Agriculture and Social Change in Western History.”

2014     Teaching Assistant. University of Wisconsin-Madison. InterAg 165. “International Issues in Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences.”

2013     Teaching Assistant. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Via an Office of Sustainability grant, Geography/ Environmental Studies 309. “People, Land, and Food.”

2013     Project Assistant. University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Environmental Studies online graduate course development, via an Office of Sustainability grant.

2012     Teaching Assistant. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Community and Environmental Sociology 541 “Social Justice and the Environment: Nature, Faith, and Politics.”

2012     Directed Study Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sociology 199/699, “Farmland Transfer Research Assistantship.”


FIELDWORK
2015-2018        Community futures after deindustrialization. Dissertation research affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago. Multimethod, qualitative research on economic, environmental, and cultural futures of low-income, rural and urban deindustrialized communities in the Midwestern Rust Belt. Awarded $50,000 in research grants.

2013                 Land tenure and social structure. Exploratory research affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Conducted interviews with Bugandan and Acholi residents in Gulu, Uganda about the gendered dilemmas of traditional land tenure and repatriation in post-civil war villages.  Awarded $3,000 in research grants.

2012                 Intergenerational farmland transfer. Master’s research affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Conducted interviews among agricultural experts and dairy farmers in Dodge County, Wisconsin to probe the legacy and future of inter-generational farmland transfer, exploring farmers’ narratives of decision-making about the future of their farmland in light of economic pressures on agriculture. Awarded $2,500 in research grants.

2009                 Wetland restoration. Conducted field measurements and literature reviews on the carbon sequestration potential of wetland restoration in Arles, France, on behalf of the European environmental organization A Rocha’s wetland restoration project.

2007                 Land law and monarchy, senior thesis research affiliated with Messiah College. Conducted interviews in urban and rural settings among a cross-section of Swazis regarding traditional land tenure and implications of democratization.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2017-2018        Co-chair, Rural Sociological Society’s Community, Health, and Family Research Interest Group.

2015-current    Manuscript reviewer for journals, Rural Sociology, Rural Studies, and Qualitative Sociology.

2015-current    Graduate student listserv moderator, Rural Sociological Society.

2014-2015        Colloquium coordinator, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2012-2013        Conference co-organizer, Center for Culture, History, and Environment graduate student conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professional Affiliations: American Sociological Association; Rural Sociological Society; Social Science History Association; Society for Applied Anthropology; The Center for Culture, History, and Environment, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison.

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