Robert M. Chiles

Robert M. Chiles

Robert M. Chiles

Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology
110C Armsby Building

Education

PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Philosophy and Political Science, Stanford University

Biography

Robert M. Chiles is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education and the Department of Food Science and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Broadly, Chiles’ research and teaching interests involve examining how agricultural ethics and sustainability are interwoven with the everyday lives of ordinary people. He is currently exploring how the social acceptability of meat has been disrupted and re-negotiated in light of growing controversies over health, food safety, sustainability, and ethics.  

Chiles’ earlier work analyzed the ethics and cultural politics of in vitro meat (a nascent technology that attempts to produce meat from stem cells). His research has been published in Agriculture and Human ValuesJournal of Consumer BehaviourControversies in Science and Technology: From Sustainability to Surveillance (Oxford, 2014), and Contexts. 

Chiles’ scholarship was honored with the UW-Madison Department of Community & Environmental Sociology 2015 John H. Kolb Memorial Scholarship. He is also the recipient of an Integrating Research Ethics and Scholarship Fellowship and an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science from Stanford University. 

Robert M. Chiles