Jessica Crowe | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jessica Crowe

Associate Professor

Jessica Crowe

Office: Faner 3430

Phone: (618) 453-7626



Dr. Crowe’s research interests are in environment-society relations, community development, food security, and social networks.  She is currently examining the effects of oil and natural gas shale development on local communities, with an emphasis on the farming community. She has collected data on local government officials in communities located above shale plays across the United States along with survey data of farmers in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Her past research has focused on local economic development strategies in rural areas with emphasis on social networks and inclusiveness.

Dr. Crowe welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in sustainability, broadly defined, as well as social issues surrounding natural resource extraction, agriculture, and inequality.

Current Research

Jessica Crowe. "The Impact of Shale Development on Farmers: How the Size and Location of Farms Matter" Currently under review.

Collaborative Research: Upper Delta Region Biodiversity Scholarship

A Survey of Farmers in Shale Regions

Carbondale Community Study

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Community Development
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Food Security
  • Quantitative Methods

Selection of Courses Taught

  • SOC 215 Race and Ethnic Relations in U.S.
  • SOC 386 Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 530 Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 552 Race and Ethnic Relations

Recent Publications

Jessica A. Crowe, Ryan Ceresola*, Tony Silva*, and Nicholas Recker. 2015. “Rural Economic Development under Devolution: A Test of Local Strategies.” Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, 46(5): 461-478. (peer reviewed)

Jessica A. Crowe, Ryan Ceresola*, and Tony Silva*. 2015. “The Influence of Value Orientations, Personal Beliefs, and Knowledge about Resource Extraction on Local Leaders’ Positions on Shale Development.” Rural Sociology, 80(4): 397-430. (peer reviewed)

Ryan Ceresola* and Jessica A. Crowe. 2015. “Community Leaders’ Perspectives on Shale Development in the New Albany Shale.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 30(1): 62-86. (peer reviewed)

Tony Silva* and Jessica A. Crowe. 2015. "The Hope-Reality Gap: Rural Community Leaders’ Perceptions of Unconventional Shale Development as a Means to Increase Local Population and Revitalize Resource Extraction." Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, 46(4): 312-328. (peer reviewed)

Jessica A. Crowe, Tony Silva*, and Ryan Ceresola*. 2015. “The Effect of Peer Review on Student Learning Outcomes in a Research Methods Course.” Teaching Sociology, 43(3): 201-213. (peer reviewed)

Jessica A. Crowe, Tony Silva*, Ryan Ceresola*, Amanda Buday*, and Charles Leonard. 2015. “Differences in Public Perceptions and Leaders' Perceptions on Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Development.” Sociological Perspectives, 58(3): 441-463.