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Sustainability (BSUS) Faculty and Staff

Nadine Lehrer Ph.D.

Nadine Lehrer

Associate Professor of Food Studies
Hometown : NY, NJ, MN, WA
Joined Chatham : 2012

Academic Areas of Interest

agricultural policy, experiential learning, livestock, agricultural systems

Personal Areas of Interest

livestock management, outdoors, travel


Nadine Lehrer is an assistant professor in the Food Studies program. Her interests include agricultural policy development, challenges and opportunities in sustainable agriculture, experiential pedagogy, and diverse views around food, farming, and land use. Dr. Lehrer has a Ph.D. in natural resources science and management from the University of Minnesota (2008), and a B.A. in psychology from Yale University (1998). Previous work includes mediating conflicting views of sustainable agriculture in Peru and Brazil, small-scale vegetable and livestock production, and work in urban forestry. Publications include “U.S. Farm Bills and Policy Reforms: Ideological Conflicts over World Trade, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Agriculture” (Cambria Press, 2010).


  • B.A., Yale University (New Haven, CT), 1998
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), 2008


  • Lehrer, N., Donovan, C., and Gullen, M. (2019). Pairing a Q-study with participatory decision-making around orchard workplace safety: A case in Washington’s tree fruit industry.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(4): 83-109.
  • Lehrer, N. (2018). U.S. farm bills and the “national interest”: An historical research paper. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170518000285. 1-9.
  • Lehrer, N. and Sneegas G. (2018). Beyond polarization: Using Q methodology to explore stakeholders' views on pesticide use, and related risks for agricultural workers, in Washington State’s tree fruit industry. Agriculture and Human Values, 35(1):131-147.
  • Goldberger, J. and Lehrer, N. (2016). Biological control adoption in western orchard systems: Results from grower surveys. Biological Control, 102:101-111.
  • Goldberger, J., Lehrer, N. & Brunner, J. (2013) Adoption of organophosphate alternatives in Washington apple IPM programs: Survey evidence from pest management consultants and growers. Journal of Integrated Pest Management, 4(3):E1-E8
  • Lehrer, N. (2010) U.S. farm bills and policy reforms: Ideological conflicts over world trade, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press. 280pp.


  • Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture


  • Pedagogy Award (wtih Sally Frey, for Sustainable Meat Production), Association for the Study of Food and Society, 2016


  • Learning by doing: Experiential learning and sustainability in food studies. February 2019. Engineering Education Research Center’s (EERC’s) and Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation’s Workshop Series (3rd workshop) on Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum, University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA
  • U.S. agricultural policy: What is it and why does it matter? February 2019. The Grand Challenge Seminar Series in Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Climbing the ladder: Supervisor training and orchard workplace safety. June 2016. Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society/Association for the Study of Food & Society Joint Annual Meetings. Toronto, ON.
  • Challenges of sustainable agriculture in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon. October 2016. Slippery Rock University History Department Series on… Food. Slippery Rock, PA.
  • Is it safe or isn’t it? Results from a Q study on pesticides and worker safety. June 2014. Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society/Association for the Study of Food & Society Joint Annual Meetings. Burlington, VT.
  • Integrating animals: Meat and pedagogy. With A. Julier, J. Bryner, and C. Rogers. June 2013. Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society/Association for the Study of Food & Society Joint Annual Meetings. East Lansing, MI.