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Department of Sociology Kennedy, Emily Huddart
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2011


Environmental Sociology, Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Politics, Cultural Sociology

Research Interests

My major research interest is the sociological study of citizen engagement in environmental issues, which I operationalize as spanning private consumption decisions and participation in environmental social movements. Sustainable consumption is a substantive area of focus for me, and I am driven to understand whether pro-environmental consumption practices can synthesize individual and collective approaches to social change.

Currently, I am involved in three research projects: (1) Using interviews and vignette experiments, I am studying green consumption and inequality. This project, funded by a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant, focuses on how social class and political ideology affect people’s motivations to ‘go green’ and the judgements from others they experience and perceive. (2) I am assisting with a funded project looking at ethical meat production in Canada and the US. Using semi-structured interviews, we are examining how boundaries are produced and reproduced among ranchers, butchers, and chefs. (3) I am assisting on a funded project examining household motivations to adopt solar technology in California and India.

Through these projects I use insights from cultural sociology and environmental sociology to better understand how human and non-human environments are materially and symbolically intertwined.

(509) 335-7513

Wilson-Short Hall 213

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Kennedy, E.H., J. Johnston and J. Parkins. (2017). Small-politics: How pleasurable, convivial, and pragmatic political ideals influence engagement in eat-local initiatives. British Journal of Sociology, Advance Online Copy DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12298.

Kennedy, E.H., J. Parkins, and J. Johnston. 2017. Evaluating the democratic imagination of citizen-consumer practices: Comparative insights from eat-local movements. Journal of Consumer Culture. Advanced Online Copy, DOI: 10.1177/1469540516659125.

Colby, A. and E.H. Kennedy. 2017. Extension of what to whom? A qualitative study of self-provisioning service delivery in a university program. In Food Systems and Health (pp. 177-198). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Baumann, S., Engmann, A., E.H. Kennedy, and I. Johnston. 2017. Organic vs. local: Comparing individualist and collectivist motivations for “ethical” food consumption. Canadian Food Studies, 4(1): 68-86.

Horne, C. and E.H. Kennedy. 2017. The power of social norms for reducing and shifting electricity use. Energy Policy, 107:43-52.

Kennedy, E.H., & Boyd, A. (2016). Gendered Citizenship and the individualization of environmental responsibility: Evaluating a campus common reading program. Environmental Education Research, Advance Online Copy DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1217396.

Kessler, A., Parkins, J.R., and E.H. Kennedy. (2016). Environmental harm and the “Good Farmer”: Conceptualizing discourses of environmental sustainability in the beef industry. Rural Sociology, 81(2), 172-19.

Kennedy, E.H. (2016). Environmental evaporation: The invisibility of environmental concern in food system change. Environmental Sociology, 2(1), 18-28.