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Drexel Sociology Assistant Professor Amanda McMillan Lequieu

Amanda McMillan Lequieu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Office: 3201 Arch, Suite 210, Room 204

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  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • MS, Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • BA, Politics and Environmental Studies, Messiah College, Pennsylvania, 2008

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Political Economy
  • Place and Space
  • Rural-Urban Interface
  • Qualitative and historical methodologies


Amanda McMillan Lequieu, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches courses related to Environmental Sociology, as well as the department’s introductory course.

McMillan Lequieu is an environmental sociologist of work and home. Her qualitative research interrogates the relationship between the mobility of natural resource capital and the relative stability of social life. Specifically, she is interested in how working-class communities impacted by natural resource economies (broadly understood) adapt to globalizing economies and changing environments across rural and urban contexts. She is currently working on a book project about the long-term residents of post-industrial iron and steel communities.

Prior to coming to Drexel, she was a Visiting Scholar at both the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center for the Study of Instability in Society. She has received awards from the American Sociological Association’s sections on Environmental Sociology and Public Sociology, the Society for the Study of Social Problem’s Labor and Community Development Networks, and the Rural Sociological Society.


Selected Publications:

  • 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, pgs. 202-213, 2017.
  • McMillan Lequieu, A. “Keeping the farm in the family name: Patrimonial narratives and negotiations among German-heritage farmers,” March 2015, Rural Sociology 80(1), pgs. 39-59, 2015.

Book Chapters:

  • McMillan Lequieu, A. “The everyday sociological imagination: Co-creating new knowledge through story and radio,” In Routledge International Handbook on Public Sociology. L. Hossfeld, B. Kelly, and C. Hossfeld (Editors). Routledge: NY, 2019.
  • McMillan Lequieu, A. and M. M. Bell. “Power, politics, and rurality.” In Routledge Companion to Rural Planning. M. Scott, N. Gallent and M. Gkartzios (Editors). Routledge: NY., 2018.