Research Affiliate, Ph.D.



Michelle Meyer is just finished a Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology. She earned her BA from Murray State University in Murray, KY in Sociology and her MA from CSU in Sociology. She is currently an assistant research scientist at Texas A&M University in the Hazards Reduction and Recovery Center and a research affiliate with the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at CSU. While at CSU she was a research assistant on a National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funded project on hurricane risk perception along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Michelle s dissertation research focuses on the interrelation of individual and community resilience and social vulnerability in hurricane-prone communities and she is a 2011 recipient of the National PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship supporting hazards and disasters research. Michelle recently participated in the fifth annual Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability entitled Protecting Environmental Migrants: Creating New Policy and Institutional Frameworks sponsored by the Munich Re Foundation and United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. She is also the 2012 winner of the Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from the ASA Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Section. Her research interests include disaster resilience, climate change displacement, environmental sociology and community sustainability, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. Michelle has worked on various research projects including disaster risk perception, organizational energy conservation, volunteer training program evaluation, evaluation of disaster response plans for individuals with disabilities, and environmental attitudes and behaviors. Her teaching interests include research methods and statistics, sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, social stratification, and community sociology.


  • SOC 460: Society and Environment