Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. 2015 Ecology, Colorado State University

M.S. 2010 Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.A. 2004 Sociology, DePaul University

B.A. 2000 Sociology, DePaul University


Assistant Professor, Portland State University (2017- present) Environmental Science and Management, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and University Studies

National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, EPSCoR, iUTAH, innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability, June 2015- July 2017 Research focus area: People, Places, Pipes - Social and Engineering scientists assess water use behaviors and decisions, and how these influence the urban environment


Vulnerability to drought in La Paz, Mexico, June 2015, Kathleen Galvin (advisor)

Symbology * student, **community partner

Refereed Publications or Other Creative Achievements

Haeffner, M, J Baggio and K Galvin (2018). “A Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) investigating environmental migration and other rural drought adaptation strategies in Baja California Sur, Mexico.” Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-018-1281-2 Impact factor: 2.15

Barnett, M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner (2018). “Influence of recreational activity on water quality perceptions and concerns in Utah: A replicated analysis.” Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 22:26-36. CiteScore: 1.27

Haeffner, M, D Jackson-Smith, and C Flint (2018). “Social position influencing the water perception gap between local leaders and constituents in a socio-hydrological system” Special Section: Socio-hydrology: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Coupled Human-Water Systems, Water Resources Research, 54. doi:10.1002/2017WR021456 Impact factor: 4.397

Haeffner, M, D Jackson-Smith, M Buchert, and J Risley* (2017). “Accessing blue spaces: Social and geographic factors structuring familiarity with, use of, and appreciation of urban waterways.” Landscape and Urban Planning 167:136-146. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.06.008 Impact Factor: 4.563

Haeffner, M, K Galvin and A Váquez (2016) “Urban water development in La Paz, Mexico 1960- present: a hydrosocial perspective.” 9, 2:169-187 Water History doi:10.1007/s12685-016-0180-z 2015 RG Journal impact: 0.59

Romero-Lankao, P, S. Hughes, A Rosas-Huerta, R Borquéz, M Haeffner (2012) “Beyond Adaptive Capacity Checklists: Examining the Construction of Capacity in Mexico City and Santiago.” UGEC (Urban and Global Environmental Change) Viewpoints (8) 11/2012.

Haeffner, M, D Leone, L Coons, and T Chermack (2012) “The effects of scenario planning on participant perceptions of learning organization characteristics.” Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(4), 519-542. 2014 RG Journal impact: 1.57

Haeffner, M and F Casalegno (2009) “How does a visual monitoring system foster sustainable behavior?” International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Vol 6. No. 10.

Haeffner, M (2013) “Lave, Rebecca 2012 Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Science reviewed by Melissa Haeffner” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space reviewed-by-melissa-haeffner/

Haeffner, M (2011) “Book review: Disappearing destinations: Climate change and future challenges for coastal tourism. CABI Publishing.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol 77. No. 4

Other Teaching, Mentoring and Curricular Achievements


Environmental Justice Portland State University

Human/Nature Portland State University

Research Approaches Utah State University

Cultural Change Colorado State University

Introduction to Sociology DePaul University

Social Problems DePaul University

Gender and Society DePaul University

Global Cities DePaul University

Green Chicago DePaul University

Environmental Sociology DePaul University