Richelle L. Winkler
- Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences
- PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
- MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
- BA, University of South Carolina, 1999
I am a multidisciplinary scholar operating at the intersections of sociology, demography, geography, community development, and applied social science. My research is focused on spatial inequality, including patterns of residential segregation and distributions of social and environmental resources. My primary topic of study has been rural communities and especially relationships between community development, population change, and environment. A key professional goal is that my scholarship will help to understand and promote rural community sustainability. I am very interested in community engaged scholarship in collaboration with communities on projects related to social and environmental sustainability, and have led and collaborated on several such projects on various topics of community interest from arts and community development to community solar.
My current research is mostly focused in these three areas:
Social Vulnerability to Wildfire. This collaborative project with the US Forest Service examines demographic characteristics that increase peoples' vulnerability to wildfire. We are generating indices of vulnerability that are specific to wildfire and mapping these patterns in relation to biophysical wildfire risk. We aim to create tools and information that are helpful to forest managers, planners, and emergency responders to identify communities and neighborhoods where risk mitigation is most needed and to evaluate equity in the distribution of fuel treatments, risk reduction, and mitigation programs.
Changes to Migration in Rural America with Covid-19. This project investigates how migration patterns have changed with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, how changes vary across space and over time, and what this means for rural communities. This work is in collaboration with Julia Petersen (PhD student).
Age-Specific Net Migration Patterns for US Counties. This project creates a dataset of net migration estimates by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for every county in the U.S. 2010-2020. The data can be downloaded from a public website (netmigration.wisc.edu) that allows for interactive mapping and chart-making to show patterns each decade back to the 1950s. Colleagues and I have analyzed these data to understand how net migration by age and race have contributed to racial segregation over time (see Moving toward Integration?) and to understand how patterns of migration vary across different types of rural communities.
I serve on the US Census Bureau's Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC).
I lead a summer study away program to Costa Rica focused on Sustainability. Let me know if you are interested in coming with us!
In my personal life, I love hiking, playing and coaching volleyball, skiing and exploring all the Keweenaw has to offer with my family and friends.
Links of Interest
Areas of Expertise
- Rural Sociology
- Population and Environment
- Environmental Sociology
- Community Engaged Scholarship
- Internal Migration
- GIS and spatial analysis
- Pandemic Migration in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Read More
- Differential Privacy and the accuracy of county-level net migration estimates Read More
- The Future of Wildlife Conservation Funding
- Amenities or Disamenities? Impacts of extreme heat and wildfire on domestic US migration. Read More
- Urban socioeconomic inequality and biodiversity often converge, but not always. Read More.
- Exporting Consumption: Lifestyle Migration and Energy Use in Costa Rica. Read More.
- The Third Shift? Gender and Empowerment in a Women's Ecotourism Cooperative. Read More.
- Moving toward Integration? Effects of Migration on Ethnoracial Segregation across the Rural-Urban Continuum Read More
- How Migration Impacts Rural America Read More
- Emerging economic viability of grid defection in a northern climate using solar hybrid systems Read More
- Boom, bust and beyond: Arts and sustainability in Calumet, Michigan Read More
- Migration signatures: Net migration by age and race/ethnicity in U.S. counties, 1950-2010 Read More
- Winkler, Richelle. 2013. “Living on lakes: Segregated communities and social exclusion in a natural amenity destination.” The Sociological Quarterly 54 (1): 105-129. Read More
- Winkler, Richelle and Keith Warnke. 2013. “The future of hunting: An age-period-cohort analysis of deer hunter decline.” Population and Environment 34(4): 460-480 Read More
- Collaborative Research: GCR: A Convergent Discipline in Socio-Technological System Transitions- Research on Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Sovereignty [MICARES]. National Science Foundation. Oct 2019 to present
- Age-Specific Net Migration Estimates for US Counties, 2010-2020: Data Generation & Archiving. NICHD. May 2020 to present
- Angler Demographics: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis. Great Lakes Fishery Commission. March 2015 to December 2017.
- Longitudinal Analysis of Population Redistribution by County Type and in Relation to National Forest and Public Lands. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Joint Venture Agreement. Resource Planning Act.
- Geographic Analysis of Age-Period-Cohort Dimensions in Michigan Deer Hunter Participation. Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
- Self-Regulated Forest Sustainability: A Simulation and Sociological Analysis of Voluntary Incentive Programs. Co-investigator. NSF Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Law and Social Sciences Program.
- "Net Migration Patterns as a Tool to Understand Community Change" (with Katherine Curtis). Webinar hosted by the Population Reference Bureau. Sept 18, 2013.
- "Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities, and Rural Development." Webinar sponsored by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. March 13, 2013.
- Residential Segregation by Age and Race/Ethnicity
- Hunter and Angler Demographics: Age-Period-Cohort analysis of participation rates and projections of future participation with implications for wildlife conservation and management
- Climate Change and Patterns of Internal Migration in the US
- Just Energy Transitions in Rural Communities
- Community-Based Participatory Research with Main Street Calumet
- Age Specific Net Migration Estimates for US Counties
- SS2700 – Introduction to Sociology
- SS4400 – Sociology of the Environment
- SS3315/SS5315 – Population, Health and Environment
- SS 4700: Communities and Research
- SS 2001- Introduction to Social Science Research
- SS 6002- Research Design