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Jessica Ulrich-Schad

Jessica Schad


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Hansen Hall



Mailing Address

Hansen Hall 009F
Sociology & Rural Studies-Box 670A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Ulrich-Schad_CV_June 2018.pdf


2014-2015, Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Natural Resources Social Science Lab), Purdue University

2014, Ph.D., Sociology (Community and the Environment), University of New Hampshire

2009, M.A., Sociology (Inequality and Social Justice), University of Montana-Missoula

2005, B.A., Social Science (Political Science), University of Montana-Western

Academic Interests/Expertise

Community; Environment/Natural Resources; Family; Poverty/Inequality; Qualitative Methods; Quantitative Methods; Rural Sociology; Social Demography; Survey Methodology

Academic Responsibilities

SDSU AKD (honor society) faculty adviser; Annual Sociology and Rural Studies Research Symposium (SRSRS) committee

Committee Activities

Rural Sociological Society Nominations Committee Chair-Elect

Awards and Honors

2015, Early Career Research Award, Rural Sociological Society
2015, Population Research Interest Group Best Graduate Student Paper, Rural Sociological Society
2012-2013, Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, Graduate School
2012, Dissertation Research Award, Rural Sociological Society


2018-2019 “Creating Corn Premiums through Precision Conservation and Sustainability Documentation, Continued.” (Co-PI) South Dakota Corn Utilization Council ($300,000)

2018-2022 “Environmental Sustainability of Rangeland Livestock Production: Decomposition, Dung Beetles, and Decision Making.” (Co-PD) United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture ($478,000)

2017-2018 “Creating Corn Premiums through Precision Conservation and Sustainability Documentation.” (Co-PI) South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and Natural Resource Conservation Service ($267,386)

Area(s) of Research

Publications since 2018:
Weston M. Eaton, Francis Eanes, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad, Sarah P. Church, Morey Burnham, Jennifer Cross, and J. Arbuckle. Accepted. “The Trouble with Sense of Place in Working Landscapes.” Society and Natural Resources.

Fernando, Felix, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad, and Eric C. Larson. Accepted. “Analysis of Research Methods Examining Shale Oil and Gas Development.” Chapter in Coordinating Research on the Social Impacts of Energy Development: Synthesis Across the Social Sciences.

Ulrich-Schad, Jessica D. 2018. "’We Didn’t Move Here to Move to Aspen’: Community Making and Community Development in an Emerging Rural Amenity Destination.” Journal of Rural and Community Development 13(4), 43–65.

Singh, Ajay S., Brian MacGowan, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad, Michael O’Donnell, Heidi Klotz*, and Linda S. Prokopy. 2018. “The influence of demonstration sites and field days on conservation practices adoption.” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 73(3): 274-281.

Brock, Caroline, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad, and Linda S. Prokopy. 2018. " Bridging the Divide: Challenges and Opportunities for Public Sector Agricultural Professionals Working with Amish and Mennonite Producers on Conservation." Environmental Management. 61(5): 756-771.

Ulrich-Schad, Jessica D. and Cynthia M. Duncan. 2018. “People and Places Left Behind: Work, Culture and Politics in the Rural United States.” Special Issue on Emancipatory Rural Politics in The Journal of Peasant Studies 45(1): 59-79.

Floress, Kristin, Adam Reimer, Aaron Thompson, Marc Burbach, Cody Knutsen, Linda Prokopy, Mark Ribaudo, and Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad. 2018. “Measuring Farmer Conservation Behaviors: Challenges and Best Practices.” Land Use Policy 70: 414-418.