Richelle Winkler

Richelle L. Winkler

Research Social Scientist


Richelle Winkler is a research social scientist in the Rural Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division.


Richelle joined ERS in July 2023. Before joining ERS, she was a professor of sociology and demography at Michigan Technological University. Her research focuses on rural population changes in relation to social, economic, and environmental well-being and on population-environment relationships.


Richelle holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010), with foci on demography and environmental sociology and a doctoral minor in forest ecology and management. She earned an MS in sociology/rural sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and a BS in sociology from the University of South Carolina in 1999.

Professional Affiliations

Winkler is a member of the Rural Sociological Society, the Population Association of America, and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She is also an active member of the Rural Population Research Network.

Selected Publications

Winkler, R. L., & Rouleau, M. D. (2021). Amenities or disamenities? Estimating the impacts of extreme heat and wildfire on domestic US migration. Population and Environment, 42, 622–648.

Golding, S. A., & Winkler, R. L. (2020). Tracking urbanization and exurbs: Migration across the rural–urban continuum, 1990–2016. Population Research and Policy Review39, 835–859.

Winkler, R. L., & Matarrita-Cascante, D. (2020). Exporting consumption: lifestyle migration and energy use. Global Environmental Change61, 102026.

Winkler, R., & Warnke, K. (2013). The future of hunting: an age-period-cohort analysis of deer hunter decline. Population and Environment, 34, 460–480.

Winkler, R., Field, D. R., Luloff, A. E., Krannich, R. S., & Williams, T. (2007). Social landscapes of the inter‐mountain West: a comparison of 'old West' and 'new West' communities. Rural Sociology, 72(3), 478–501.