Dr. Angela Mertig

Professor

Dr. Angela Mertig
615-904-8349
Room 328, Andrew L. Todd Hall (TODD)
MTSU Box 10, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

MWF 12-3 pm

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Washington State University (1995)
  • M.A., Washington State University (1990)
  • A.B., Ripon College, WI (1987)

Areas of Expertise

Animals and Society
Environmental Sociology
Public Opinion
Research Methods
Social Movements

Publications

Mertig, Angela G. 2017. “Environmentalism and the American Middle Class.” Forthcoming in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, ed. Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.

Mertig, Angela G. 2015. “From Conservationists to Environmentalists: The American Environmental Movement.” Pp. 55-76 in Cultural Dynamics of Climate Change and the Environment in Northern America, ed. Bernd Sommer. Leiden: Brill.

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Mertig, Angela G. 2017. “Environmentalism and the American Middle Class.” Forthcoming in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, ed. Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.

Mertig, Angela G. 2015. “From Conservationists to Environmentalists: The American Environmental Movement.” Pp. 55-76 in Cultural Dynamics of Climate Change and the Environment in Northern America, ed. Bernd Sommer. Leiden: Brill.

Stevenson, Kathryn, M. Nils Peterson, Howard D. Bondell, Angela G. Mertig, and Susan E. Moore. 2013. "Environmental, Institutional, and Demographic Predictors of Environmental Literacy among Middle School Children." PLoS ONE 8(3): e59519. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059519 .

Lepczyk, Christopher A., Paige S. Warren, Louis Machabee, Ann P. Kinzig and Angela G. Mertig. 2012. "Who Feeds the Birds? A Comparison across Regions." Pp. 267-284 In Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation (Studies in Avian Biology, no. 45), eds. C. A. Lepczyk and P. S. Warren. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Morzillo, Anita T. and Angela G. Mertig. 2011. "Urban Resident Attitudes toward Rodents, Rodent Control Products and Environmental Effects." Urban Ecosystems 14: 243-260.

Morzillo, Anita T. and Angela G. Mertig. 2011. "Linking Human Behavior to Environmental Effects using a Case Study of Urban Rodent Control." International Journal of Environmental Studies 68 (1): 107-123.

Peterson, M. Nils, Angelica Lopez, Angela G. Mertig and Jianguo Liu. 2011. "Assessing Attitudes Toward Wildlife Ownership in United States--Mexico Borderlands." Society and Natural Resources 24 (9): 962-971.

Mertig, Angela G. 2011. What Keeps you Inside? Survey Summary Report. Report to a working group on environmental education and related issues in Metro Nashville. December. 56 pp., 1 appendix.

Morzillo, Anita T., Angela G. Mertig, Jeffrey W. Hollister, Nathan Garner and Jianguo Liu. 2010. "Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Local Support for Black Bear Recovery Strategies." Environmental Management 45: 1299-1311.

Mertig, Angela G. 2010. "Environmental Activism." Pp. 125-136 in Speaking Out: Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s, ed. H.A. Thompson. Boston: Prentice Hall.

Morzillo, Anita T., Angela G. Mertig, Nathan Garner and Jianguo Liu. 2009. "Evaluating Hunter Support for Black Bear Restoration in East Texas." Human Dimensions of Wildlife 14 (6): 1-12.

Gifford, Robert, Leila Scannell, Christine Kormos, Lidia Smolova, Anders Biel, Stefan Boncu, Victor Corral, Kazunori Hanyu, Donald Hine, Florian G. Kaiser, Kalevi Korpela, Angela G. Mertig, Ricardo Garcia Mira, Gabriel Moser, Paola Passafaro, Luisa Pedroso, Jose Q. Pinheiro, Sunil Saini, Toshihiko Sako, Elena Sautkina, Yannick Savina, Peter Schmuck, Wesley Schultz, Karin Sobeck, Eva-Lotta Sundblad, and David Uzzell. 2009. "Temporal Pessimism and Spatial Optimism in Environmental Assessments: An 18-Nation Study." Journal of Environmental Psychology 29 (1): 1-12.

He, Guangming, Xiaodong Chen, Scott Beaer, Manuel Colunga, Angela Mertig, Li An, Shiqiang Zhou, Marc Linderman, Zhiyun Ouyang, Stuart Gage, ShuXin Li and Jianguo Liu. 2009. "Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Fuelwood Collection in Wolong Nature Reserve: Implications for Panda Conservation." Landscape and Urban Planning 92: 1-9.

Mertig, Angela G. 2009. Tennessee Motor Oil Survey: Final Report, Descriptive Results. Report to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. August. 63 pp.

Peterson, M. Nils, Vanessa Hull, Angela G. Mertig, and Jianguo Liu. 2008. "Evaluating Household Level Relationships between Environmental Views and Outdoor Recreation: the Teton Valley Case."; Leisure Sciences 30 (4): 293-305.

Mertig, Angela G. 2008. "Qualitative Research Paper."; 153-154 in Teaching Social Movements: A Collection of Syllabi, Assignments, and Other Resources, L. J. Wood, P. Almeida and B. Roth (eds.), Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

Peterson, M. Nils, Angela G. Mertig and Jianguo Liu. 2007. "Influence of Urban Immigrants on Outdoor Recreation and Land Use in Teton Valley."; Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 25 (4): 25-38.

Morzillo, Anita T., Angela G. Mertig, Nathan Garner and Jianguo Liu. 2007. "Resident Attitudes toward Black Bears and Population Recovery in East Texas."; Human Dimensions of Wildlife 12 (6): 417-428.

Morzillo, Anita T., Angela G. Mertig, Nathan Garner and Jianguo Liu. 2007. "Spatial Distribution of Attitudes Toward Proposed Management Strategies for a Wildlife Reintroduction."; Human Dimensions of Wildlife 12 (1): 15-29.

Mertig, Angela G . 2007. "The 'Nature' of Environmentalism: Nature Protection in the USA."; Pp. 239-262 in Protecting Nature: Organizations and Networks in Europe and the USA, C.S.A. Van Koppen and W.T. Markham (eds.), Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Mertig, Angela G. 2007. "Society and Environment."; 88-97 in Teaching Environmental Sociology, 6 th edition, ed. M. Mascarenhas. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

Mertig, Angela G. 2007. The Use of Soil Amendments in Tennessee: A Survey of Farmers. Report to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. August. 82, 2 appendices.

Heleski, Camie R., Angela G. Mertig and Adroaldo J. Zanella. 2006. "Stakeholder Attitudes Toward Farm Animal Welfare."; Anthrozoos 19 (4): 290-307.

Peterson, M. Nils, Angela G. Mertig, and Jianguo Liu. 2006. "Effects of Zoonotic Disease Attributes on Public Attitudes toward Wildlife Management."; Journal of Wildlife Management 70 (6): 1746-1753.

Dorn, Meegan L. and Angela G. Mertig. 2005. "Bovine tuberculosis in Michigan: Stakeholder Attitudes and Implications for Eradication Efforts."; Wildlife Society Bulletin 33 (2): 539-552.

Heleski, Camie R., Angela G. Mertig and Adroaldo J. Zanella. 2005. "Results of a National Survey of US Veterinary College Faculty Regarding Attitudes Toward Farm Animal Welfare."; Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 226 (9): 1538-1546.

Liu, Jianguo, Li An, Sandra S. Batie, Scott Bearer, Xiaodong Chen, Richard E. Groop, Guangming He, Zai Liang, Marc A Linderman, Angela G. Mertig. Zhiyun Ouyang, Jiaguo Qi, Hemin Zhang and Shiqiang Zhou. 2005. "Beyond Population Size: Examining Intricate Interactions among Population, Structure, Land Use, and Environment in Wolong Nature Reserve (China)."; 217-237 in Population, Land Use and Environment: Research Directions, eds. B. Entwisle and P. Stern. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

Morzillo, Anita T., Jianguo Liu and Angela G. Mertig. 2005. Attitudes About and Opinions Toward Black Bears in East Texas. A report to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Spring, 69.

Heleski, Camie R, Angela G. Mertig and Adroaldo J. Zanella. 2004. "Assessing Attitudes toward Farm Animal Welfare: A National Survey of Animal Science Faculty Members."; Journal of Animal Science 82 (9): 2806-2814.

Koval, Melissa H. and Angela G. Mertig. 2004. "Attitudes of the Michigan Public and Wildlife Agency Personnel toward Lethal Wildlife Management."; Wildlife Society Bulletin 32 (1): 232-243.

Lepczyk, Christopher A., Angela G. Mertig, and Jianguo Liu. 2004. "Assessing Landowner Activities that Influence Birds Across Rural-to-Urban Landscapes."; Environmental Management 33 (1): 110-125.

Lepczyk, Christopher A., Angela G. Mertig, and Jianguo Liu. 2004. "Landowners and Cat Predation Across Rural-to-Urban Landscapes."; Biological Conservation 115 (4): 191-201.

Ivanov, Ivan, Angela G. Mertig and Roberto Bertollini. 2004. "Environment and Health in Post-Communist Societies: Public Concerns, Attitudes and Behavior."; 17-45 in Future as Fairness: Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship, A.K. Haugestad and J.D. Wulfhorst (eds.), New York: Rodopi.

Mertig, Angela G. 2004. Attitudes about Wolves in Michigan, 2002. A report to the MDNR Wildlife Division. June. 108 .

An, Li, Angela G. Mertig and Jianguo Liu. 2003. "Adolescents' Leaving Parental Home: Psychosocial Correlates and Implications for Conservation."; Population and Environment24 (5): 415-444.

Carleton-Hug, Annelise, Tracy Dobson and Angela G. Mertig. 2003. "It's not just about Litter: A New Index Measures Polish Youth Participation and Leadership Involvement in Environmental and Social Actions."; Applied Environmental Education and Communication 2 (2): 81-90.

Liu, Jianguo, Li An, Sandra S. Batie, Richard E. Groop, Zai Liang, Marc A. Linderman, Angela G. Mertig, Zhiyun Ouyang and Jiaguo Qi. 2003. "Human Impacts on Land Cover and Panda Habitat in Wolong Nature Reserve: Linking Ecological, Socio-economical, Demographic, and Behavioral Data."; Pp. 241-263 in People and the Environment: Approaches for Linking Household and Community Surveys to Remote Sensing and GIS, J. Fox, R. Rindfuss, S. Walsh and V. Mishra (eds.), Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Mertig, Angela G. 2003. "Social Impact Analysis."; 207-216 in Environmental Sociology: Syllabi and Instructional Materials, 5 th edition, R. Scarce and M. Mascarenhas (eds.), Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

Mertig, Angela G. , Riley E. Dunlap and Denton E. Morrison. 2002. "The Environmental Movement in the United States." 448-481 in Handbook of Environmental Sociology, R. E. Dunlap and W. Michelson (eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Koval, Melissa H. and Angela G. Mertig. 2002. "Endangered Species Important."; The Spotting Scope: A Quarterly Newsletter of the Natural Heritage Program, Michigan Department of Natural Resources 8 (2): 1-2.

Lepczyk, Christopher A., Angela G. Mertig and Jianguo Liu. 2002. "Landowner Perceptions and Activities Related to Birds Across Rural-to-Urban Landscapes."; Avian Landscape Ecology: Pure and Applied Issues in the Large-Scale Ecology of Birds; Proceedings of the 2002 Annual International Association for Landscape Ecology (United Kingdom) Conference, held at the University of East Anglia: 251-259.

Koval, Melissa H. and Angela G. Mertig. 2002. Attitudes toward Natural Resources and their Management: A report on the "2001 Resource Attitudes in Michigan Survey."; A report to the MDNR Wildlife Division. February. 90, 2 appendices.

Dorn, Meegan L. and Angela G. Mertig. 2002. Bovine Tuberculosis in Michigan: 2000-2001 Stakeholder Survey. A report to the MDNR Wildlife Division. September. 200, 1 appendix.

Mertig, Angela G. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2001. "Environmentalism, New Social Movements, and the New Class: A Cross-National Investigation." Rural Sociology 66 (1): 113-136.

Mertig, Angela G. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2001. "Environmentalism: Preservation and Conservation."; Pp. 4687-93 in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, volume 7, eds. N. J. Smelser and P. B. Baltes. New York: Elsevier.

Mertig, Angela G. 2001. Rural Landowners and Urban Sprawl: Examining Influences on Landowner Decisions to Sell or Develop Their Land; Numeric Results of a "Survey of Landowners in Southeast Michigan". A report to the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for University Projects, MSU. November. 29 pp., 1 appendix.

Mertig, Angela G. and Melissa H. Koval. 2001. Attitudes toward Natural Resources and their Management: A report on the "2000 Resource Attitudes in Michigan Survey."; A report to the MDNR Wildlife Division. February. 124 pp., 1 appendix.

Mertig, Angela G. 2001. An Overview of the 1998 Michigan Turkey Hunter Opinion Survey. A report to the MDNR Wildlife Division. June. 12 pp.

Dunlap, Riley E., Kent D. Van Liere, Angela G. Mertig and Robert Emmet Jones. 2000. "Measuring Endorsement of the New Ecological Paradigm: A Revised NEP Scale."; Journal of Social Issues,56 (3): 425-442.

Mertig, Angela G. and Bruce E. Matthews. 1999. "Women at Play: Examining the Resource-Based Recreational Activities of Michigan Women."; Transactions of the 64 th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference: 494-506.

Mertig, Angela G. and Melissa H. Koval. 1999. Attitudes toward Natural Resources and their Management: A report on the "1999 Resource Attitudes in Michigan Survey."; A report to the MDNR Wildlife Division. December. 79 pp., 3 appendices.

Mertig, Angela G. 1998. Evaluation of the MDNR Pocket Park Exhibit at the Michigan State Fair: August 25-Sept. 7, 1998 . MDNR Information and Education Report 98-3. November. 56 pp.

Mertig, Angela G. 1998. Evaluation of the MDNR Exhibit at Outdoorama 1998. MDNR Information and Education Report 98-2. June. 89 pp., 1 appendix.

Mertig, Angela G. 1998. Evaluation of the MDNR Exhibit at the Michigan State Fair, August 19--September 1, 1997. MDNR Information and Education Report 98-1. May. 128 pp., 2 appendices.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig. 1997. "Global Environmental Concern: An Anomaly for Postmaterialism."; Social Science Quarterly 78 (1): 24-29.

Mertig, Angela G. 1997. The 1 st Michigan DNR Exhibit at the International Women's Show 1997: A Survey-Based Evaluation. MDNR Information and Education Report 97-2. December. 71, 1 appendix.

Mertig, Angela G. 1997. The Michigan DNR Exhibit at Outdoorama 1997: An Evaluation. MDNR Information and Education Report 97-1. July. 72, 2 appendices.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig. 1996. "Worldwide Concern for the Environment: A Challenge to Social Science Theory." Kolner Zeitschrift fu Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 36: 193-218.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig. 1996. "Global Environmental Concern: A Challenge to the Post-Materialism Thesis." Pp. 133-164 in Social Dimensions of Contemporary Environmental Issues: International Perspectives, P. Ester and W. Schluchter (eds.), Tilburg, Netherlands: Tilburg University Press.

Mertig, Angela G. and Riley E. Dunlap. 1995. "Public Approval of Environmental Protection and Other New Social Movement Goals in Western Europe and the United States ." International Journal of Public Opinion Research 7 (2): 145-156.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig. 1995. "Global Concern for the Environment: Is Affluence a Prerequisite?" Journal of Social Issues 51 (4): 121-137.

Mertig, Angela G., Riley E. Dunlap and Robert Cameron Mitchell. 1994. "Environmental Organizations." 217-221 in Encyclopedia of the Environment, R. A. Eblen and W. R. Eblen (eds.), Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig. 1994. "Environmental Movement." 211-214 in Encyclopedia of the Environment, R. A. Eblen and W. R. Eblen (eds.), Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig (eds.). 1992. American Environmentalism: The U.S. Environmental Movement, 1970-1990. Washington, DC: Taylor and Francis.

Mitchell, Robert Cameron, Angela G. Mertig and Riley E. Dunlap. 1991. "Twenty Years of Environmental Mobilization: Trends Among National Environmental Organizations." Society and Natural Resources 4 (3): 219-234.

Dunlap, Riley E. and Angela G. Mertig. 1991. "The Evolution of the U.S. Environmental Movement from 1970 to 1990: An Overview." Society and Natural Resources 4 (3): 209-218.

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Awards

2012 Outstanding Teacher Award Middle Tennessee State University

2009 Distinguished Research Award Middle Tennessee State University

In the Media

2015, March. Quoted on Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey’s end of elephant performances. The Christian Science Monitor.

2013, March. Quoted on lion’s mauling of intern at a California private zoo. The Christian Science Monitor.

2013, January. Quoted on public perception of Newtown, Conn. Shooting. The Tennessean.

2011, December. Quoted on increasing prevalence of pet pictures on cell phones. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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2015, March. Quoted on Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey’s end of elephant performances. The Christian Science Monitor.

2013, March. Quoted on lion’s mauling of intern at a California private zoo. The Christian Science Monitor.

2013, January. Quoted on public perception of Newtown, Conn. Shooting. The Tennessean.

2011, December. Quoted on increasing prevalence of pet pictures on cell phones. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

2010, May. Audio interview on teaching Animals and Society. MTSU On the Record, MTSU.

2009, August. Quoted on students/teachers using social networking. The Tennessean.

2007, March. Video interview on alternative energy. MT Record, MTSU.

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Courses

Introductory Sociology (SOC 1010)

Research Methods (SOC 3040)

Topics in Sociology: Society and Environment (SOC 4150/5150)

Topics in Sociology: Animals and Society (SOC 4150/5150)

Social Movements and Social Change (SOC 4511/5511)

Quantitative Research Methods (SOC 6620)